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Be sure to buckle up this long weekend

Monday, April 14, 2014   by: Staff



Seatbelt will be our main focus– Buckle Up!

BLIND RIVER –This Easter long weekend the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be participating in a seatbelt initiative. 

The campaign will run from Friday, April 18, 2014 – Monday, April 21, 2014. 

Road users should expect to see much higher volumes of traffic over the weekend, making it a particularly important weekend for all drivers, passengers and young children to be properly restrained, regardless of how short a trip people are taking.

“A properly worn seatbelt greatly increases the chances of surviving a motor vehicle collision and officers will be out this weekend checking for compliance. A reminder to drivers should you choose not to buckle up you could face a fine of $240 and 2 demerit points which will remain on your driving record for two years from the date of the offence. Help us keep our roads safe by wearing your seatbelt.” –Staff Sergeant Richard Riopelle, East Algoma OPP

So far in 2014, officers from North East Region have charged 94 people for failing to wear their seatbelts. 

Nine victims have died, on OPP patrolled highways, so far this year across in collisions where lack of proper restraint was cited as a causal factor range and they ranged from 21 to 64 years of age.

The OPP recognizes that seat belt non-compliance is largely related to attitude rather than age.


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sooperman 4/14/2014 3:36:27 PM Report

sounds like tax payers will be flipping the bill for the premium time(ot)..if you are lucky you won't get the ticket and ludicrous admin fee tacked on to along with inflated gas prices its gonna be a expensive wkd...its funny that we pay taxes to pay for law enforcement daily and then get stuck paying premium wages on long wkd for a seat belt blitz..
CEO 4/14/2014 3:45:28 PM Report

Sure their main focus is the seat belt check but the will also be keeping drunk drivers off of our streets as well.
As far as I'm concerned if you aren't doing anything illegal then you have nothing to worry about!
sooperman 4/14/2014 3:57:29 PM Report

i don't think the fact that whether you're wearing a seatbelt or not makes you a safer driver..i do agree it may save your life..if a person takes that risk so be it ...although we pay for med expense so bttmline tapayers nvr win
IgnorantNortherner 4/14/2014 3:59:22 PM Report

CEO I'm going to drop by your house this evening after work and go through your things and talk to your neighbours and the other members of your family and make sure you haven't broken any laws lately, ok?

Actually, I don't need your permission.
I'm just going to do it....

..but don't worry -- if you're not in violation of the law you have nothing to worry about!

IgnorantNortherner 4/14/2014 4:02:48 PM Report

I think you have to be an idiot not to wear a seatbelt (as I think you have to be to smoke or eat GMOs, etc) but what I fail to understand is why one is illegal and the others are not.

How am I infringing on anyone else's rights by choosing not to wear a seatbelt?

Why do you care? Even if you do care (how caring of you!) why should my tax dollars go to (over)paying someone to enforce what you feel is irresponsible behaviour but in no way affects you?

A cop's job should start with keeping the peace and end with reducing violent crime.
mallet 4/14/2014 5:30:02 PM Report

I Northerner..

It's the Money, old chap, just the money, stopping violent crime does not make money it costs, because the offender will be getting legal aid, and then they write back and forth to make more money, which the taxpayer pays for...
BlackHelix 4/14/2014 6:31:16 PM Report

The OPP recognizes that seat belt non-compliance is largely related to attitude rather than age.

Thank God.

Can you imagine would it would be like if we were actually free to make our own decisions as long as they didn't impact anyone else?

I'm glad we have the OPP to keep our attitudes in check.

IgnorantNortherner 4/14/2014 7:57:25 PM Report

How does wearing my seat belt keep the roads safe, Staff Sergeant Richard Riopelle?

99% of their job (and I throw the police together w OPP here) is nearly identical to those guys that drive around and issue parking tickets, except

1) they cost tens if not hundreds of times as much

2) they drive nicer cars

3) for fun they'll bust out the SWAT gear and that batmobile thing they have once in a while lol

4) unlike the parking ticketers, often consider themselves and their buddies to be above the law

If you guys agreed to start paying an annual carbon pollution tax for all that CO2 you expel with every breath you really wouldn't surprise me.
Sam C 4/14/2014 8:17:42 PM Report

Ignorant Northerner... I doubt anyone could say anything to convince you, but... the law is there to protect YOU from yourself.

What an absolutely narrow point of view... my actions aren't impacting anyone else (that I can see) so just let me do what I want. Wow.

northernmale 4/14/2014 9:27:43 PM Report

IgnorantNortherner---How about if your in an accident they let your family come and scrape what is left of you up. As after all why should the police and ambulance drivers have to do it. Your not hurting anyone.
OPP BLOCK ORG 4/15/2014 2:51:25 AM Report

The higher ups at the OPP GHQ like those initiatives. It makes them feel important. Not every officer on the road likes participating in the seat-belt campaigns. However, ordinary constables are coerced into hammering public and delivering stats.
Moonshiner 4/15/2014 7:54:32 AM Report

Seat belt laws were passed to cut the losses of insurance companies.If you die in a crash it costs far less than supporting a cripple.Accidents are going to happen regardless of the best measures of prevention.With all the air bags in cars ,might be seat belts have become redundant in some vehicles,and are only there due to the legislation.All fines in Ontario are outrages and have become a cash cow.Just look at the 80km zone north of soo on 17n.Its like happy hunting ground for a lazy day.Raise it to 90km and solve the problem.
CEO 4/15/2014 9:50:24 AM Report

IgnorantNortherner - I don't know that your response even warrants a further response from me seen as your name says it all. By all means I have nothing to hide stop by anytime!
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