Client Groups – Young Drivers

Seat Belt

A seat belt reduces by half the risk of being killed or seriously injured in an accident. Buckling up could save your life.

This simple habit can make all the difference

A seat belt reduces by half the risk of being killed or seriously injured in an accident. The higher the speed, the greater the impact:

  • at 50 km/h, the impact is like falling from a 4-storey building
  • at 75 km/h, it is like falling from an 8-storey building
  • at 100 km/h, it is like falling from a 14-storey building
Useful information

Seat belts: the numbers really make you think

In recent years, more than 30% of passenger vehicle drivers and passengers killed in a traffic accident were not wearing their seat belt.

If everyone riding in a vehicle buckled up, 40 deaths and 95 serious injuries could be avoided every year.

A properly adjusted seat belt provides the best protection

  •  The lap belt must always cross over the pelvis, not over the abdomen
  • The shoulder belt must always cross over the collar bone, not over the neck
  • The seat belt should be snug, with no slack

What the law says

 Buckling up in a vehicle is mandatory. If you fail to do so, you are subject to:

  • a fine of $200 to $300
  • 3 demerit points

 If you are the driver, you are responsible for making sure that all passengers, particularly those under age 16, fasten their seat belts.

No passengers without a seat belt!

The maximum number of passengers, regardless of their age, is equal to the number of places equipped with a seat belt installed by the manufacturer.

Warning

If a seat belt has been removed, modified or made unusable:

  • you face a fine of $200 to $300

Find out more about the rules concerning modified cars.

Taxis

The law is the same if you are riding in a taxi, and the same penalties apply. You have to buckle up.

If a person under age 16 doesn't buckle up, it is the adult passenger riding with him or her – not the taxi driver – who faces a fine and demerit points.

Once they turn 14, passengers could be fined and the demerit points entered on their driving record.