Airbags do not replace seatbelts as a proper safety device

Monday, March 4, 2019

With 80 tickets and 92 warnings issued in 2018, Leduc Enforcement Services is taking this opportunity to share important information on proper seatbelt use and its benefits.

“We know that when worn properly, seatbelts are a proven method and the most effective means to prevent death and serious injury when involved in a motor vehicle collision (MVC),” says Sgt. Michael Stadnyk with enforcement services. “Airbags are commonly perceived as a replacement for seatbelts as a life-saving device, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. During a collision a seatbelt is your first line of defence, and when utilized with airbags it further decreases the chance of severe harm or death.”

What does proper seatbelt use look like:

  • The use of a shoulder and lap belt, with the shoulder belt worn closely against the body over the shoulder and across the chest. The lap belt should be firm against the body and low across the hips
  • Children should move to a booster seat when they weigh 18 kg (40 lbs) minimum and a seatbelt fits them correctly
  • Children should move to a seatbelt without a booster seat at 36 kg (80 lbs) and are 4’9” tall, and are physically developed enough to use a seatbelt assembly

According to Stadnyk, some of the more common misuse of a seatbelt include wearing the shoulder belt under the arm or behind the back. Also, wearing the belt when it’s twisted reduces its ability to properly restrain a person during an MVC. The full width of the belt is required to spread the force of impact across the body. The fine in Alberta for not wearing a seatbelt is $155.

Fun facts:

  • Seatbelts became legally mandatory in Canada in the mid-1970s with Ontario as the first province enacting a seatbelt law as of Jan. 1, 1976
  • Alberta passed its seatbelt law as of July 1, 1987
  • Manitoba has the highest fine in Canada for not wearing a seatbelt, at $299.65
  • Yukon Territory has the lowest fine in Canada for not wearing a seatbelt, at $75

For more information, call Leduc Enforcement Services at 780-980-7200 option 5.

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Leduc is a growing, dynamic city in the heart of Canada’s economic engine and conveniently located at the crossroads of air, highway and rail transportation. As a regional leader, the city, together with other municipalities in the area, plays a key role in protecting the integrity of the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and leading economic development in the region, including Aerotropolis.

Mariann McLaughlin, Corporate Communications