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Seat Belts

Everyone has an equal chance of being in a collision. Most accidents occur close to home and in speed zones below 65 km/h. Why take the chance?

The Halton Regional Police Service reminds all residents that safe driving is your responsibility and there are many reasons to wear your seat belt when travelling in a motor vehicle. Not only is doing so the law, it makes good sense.

Benefits:

Seat belts hold you securely in place and help drivers control their cars if involved in a crash situation.

Many people think they can protect themselves in a collision by bracing themselves against the dashboard or steering wheel. But even in a low-speed crash, a person not wearing a seat belt can hit the inside of their vehicle with a force many times his or her bodyweight.

Serious injuries and/or fatalities involving passengers are often caused by people being thrown into each other during a crash.

If you are not wearing your seat belt, you could be thrown:

  • Through a windshield or door
  • Into trees, telephone poles and/or rocks
  • Run over by your own or someone else's car

Air Bags:

Air bags do not take the place of seat belts. When activated, however, they reduce the forward movement of the upper torso and minimize impact. These inflatable crash devices are designed to provide protection in front crashes, not side or rear collisions or rollovers. With an air bag, you can still be thrown out of your car, so always wear your full seat belt assembly in an air bag-equipped vehicle.

Fire and Water:

Although some people worry about it, less than 0.5 per cent of all injury-causing crashes result in fire or being submerged under water. If this kind or situation does happen, a seat belt can save your life by keeping you unhurt and alert, allowing you to escape quickly.

Infants:

No matter how strong you are or how much warning you have, you cannot hold onto a baby in a crash. Make sure your child is properly secured in a child safety seat. It is the law.

Pregnancy:

There is no reason for a pregnant woman not to wear a seat belt. If a woman is concerned about her baby, she must realize that keeping herself alive is the first step in protecting her unborn child. Pregnant women should always wear both the lap and shoulder belts, and should sit as upright as possible. The lap belt should be worn low so it pulls downward on the pelvic bones, not directly against the abdomen.