A seat belt reduces by half the risk of being killed or seriously injured in an accident. Buckling up could save your life!
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:
In recent years, more than 30% of drivers and passengers killed in traffic accidents involving passenger vehicles were not wearing their seat belts.
If everyone riding in a vehicle buckled up, 40 deaths and 95 serious injuries could be avoided every year.
Buckling up in a vehicle is mandatory. If you fail to do so, you are subject to:
If passengers under 16 years of age don't buckle up, it is the driver who faces a fine and demerit points.
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.
If a seat belt has been removed, modified or made unusable:
The fine is $200 to $300.
Find out more about the rules concerning modified cars.
The law doesn’t change. Passengers in these types of vehicles must always buckle up.
It is the adult accompanying the child, and not the qualified 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.
While on duty, qualified drivers are required to wear their seat belts at all times. Under no circumstances are they exempt from this obligation.
When riding in these types of vehicles, if there are no child safety seats, children must wear seat belts, except if they are too young to maintain an upright position on their own. In the latter case, you should first buckle your seat belt, and then hold the child in your arms.
Do not buckle the child in with you because your weight could crush him or her in the event of a collision or sudden braking.
For safety reasons, riding in a taxi or using a rideshare service with a child should be avoided, except in an emergency, unless you are able to secure the child in a safety seat.
Even if you have no apparent injuries or pain, you should consult your physician to make sure everything is fine.
In a vehicle, children must be secured in a child safety seat until they are 145 cm tall or 9 years old.
The child’s position in the vehicle’s seat must be checked:
If these conditions are not met, the child should continue to use a booster seat.
Dogs and cats, even small ones, can become projectiles in the event of a collision or sudden braking, potentially causing injury to or killing a vehicle's other occupants.
Pets must never obstruct a driver's field of vision or interfere with the proper handling of the vehicle.
Last update: June 18, 2019