The OPP is reminding drivers to buckle up! 

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently released statistics from the seatbelt safety campaign they ran over the Easter weekend.  

In the report, OPP revealed there was a 611 per cent increase from the previous year in seatbelt-related charges.  

Across northwestern Ontario, 329 seatbelt-related charges were laid over the Easter long weekend compared to 37 in 2021. This includes charges for driver and passenger non-compliance, as well as ten charges for driving while a child was not properly secured. 

The breakdown of seatbelt-related charges by detachment is as follows: 

  • Dryden - 37; 

  • Rainy River - 27; 

  • Greenstone - 15; 

  • Kenora - 27; 

  • Marathon - 10; 

  • Nipigon - 4; 

  • Red Lake - 4; 

  • Sioux Lookout - 10; 

  • Thunder Bay - 129; and 

  • Traffic Incident Management Enforcement Officers (North West Region-wide) - 60. 

The OPP would like to remind the public to remember to use their seatbelts. Drivers are also reminded that they are required by law to ensure that they have proper (properly installed) child car seats for babies, toddlers and small children.