Red Deer, AB – Throughout March, the Red Deer RCMP traffic unit and Community Peace Officers (CPOs) operated a number of campaigns targeting the correct use of occupant restraints, which have been proven time and again to reduce injury in collisions and to save lives. The campaigns were part of a larger provincial traffic focus, and resulted in Red Deer RCMP and CPOs issuing a total of 78 tickets to people who were not wearing occupant restraints or were using them in an unsafe manner.
Red Deer RCMP and CPOs kicked off their occupant restraint awareness work by hosting a free car seat inspection event on March 10 in the north Canadian Tire parking lot, and were pleased to facilitate the inspection of 42 car seats that day. Police officers and CPOs further welcomed the opportunity to connect with the public and answer a wide variety of traffic questions.
“The proper use of seatbelts and child safety seats is the law because it’s the most effective way to protect your loved ones and reduce injury and death in a collision,” says Sergeant Kevin Halwa of the Red Deer RCMP traffic unit. “We were glad to see so many people take advantage of the free car seat inspection event – licensed car seat inspectors were able to verify the safety of 42 car seats that day. That’s a lot of peace of mind for parents and caregivers.”
According to Alberta Transportation numbers from 2015, individuals wearing a restraint during a collision had a lower injury rate (6.8 per cent), compared to those who did not use restraints (22.4 per cent) Not only does the likelihood of sustaining an injury decrease with the use of restraints, but so does the severity of the injury.
“Overall, seat belt compliance in the city of Red Deer is fairly high, though we always want to see 100 per cent compliance,” says Halwa. “With the April focus on speed, we do expect to see more tickets issued, as speed remains – unfortunately – a concern in Red Deer.”
Red Deer RCMP and CPOs will target speeders throughout the month of April in a variety of ways, through regular patrols and through monitoring spots known for speeding issues.
Sgt. Kevin Halwa
Red Deer RCMP
March 8, 2018
Red Deer RCMP kick off occupant restraint safety month with free car seat checks
Red Deer, AB – March is Occupant Restraint awareness month, and Red Deer RCMP and Community Peace Officers are kicking it off with a free public event where parents and caregivers can have car seats inspected or installed by qualified child safety seat inspectors. This free event runs from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, March 10 at the north Canadian Tire parking lot at 6380 50 Avenue. Donations of diapers, diaper wipes and formula will be accepted on behalf of the Central Alberta Diaper Bank.
“Our goal for this event is to improve child safety, and the best way to do that is to remove barriers that might keep people from properly securing infants and children in vehicles,” says Sergeant Kevin Halwa of the Red Deer RCMP traffic unit. “The event removes a potential barrier by offering car seat checks and installations for free. We’re also creating that opportunity for face to face conversations with trained car seat inspectors and RCMP traffic members – we want to answer the public’s questions and increase awareness that the best way to protect yourself, your family and your passengers is by ensuring everyone buckles up.”
As well as this free event, RCMP will be conducting seatbelt and occupant restraint checks throughout March through targeted campaigns and everyday patrols. According to Alberta Transportation, in 2015, individuals wearing a restraint during a collision had a lower injury rate (6.8%), compared to those who did not use restraints (22.4%) Not only does the likelihood of sustaining an injury decrease with the use of restraints, but so does the severity of the injury.
“The proper use of seatbelts and child safety seats is the law because it’s the most effective way to protect your loved ones and reduce injury and death in a collision,” says Sergeant Halwa.
In Alberta, the law requires that occupants must use all available seatbelts. The driver is responsible to ensure that all passengers under the age of 16 are properly secured using either a seatbelt or child safety seat. All children under the age of six and whose weight does not exceed 18 kg (40 lbs) must be properly restrained in a child safety seat appropriate for their age and weight. Safety experts and best practices recommend that children who have outgrown their child safety seat use a booster seat until they reach the maximum weight or height limit of that seat, as stated by the manufacturer.
The penalty for failing to wear a seatbelt, improper use of a seatbelt or failing to secure a child weighing less than 18 kg in a seatbelt is $155.
Sgt. Kevin Halwa
Red Deer RCMP