A dangerous driving activity still persists in 2019.
RCMP Sgt. Paul Manaigre said that 60 per cent of people killed in passenger vehicles in 2018 weren’t wearing seatbelts.
Manaigre said around 1100 to 1200 people are charged in Manitoba each year for not wearing a seatbelt. That’s higher than the number for texting or using an electronic device while driving, at 900-1,000.
Manitoba Public Insurance spokesman Brian Smiley said changing driver behaviour takes a long time, and requires a combination of education and awareness on MPI’s end, along with law enforcement making up the third piece of the puzzle.
The $300 fine, plus two demerits, he said, is a strong motivator for drivers to obey the law, even if their personal safety isn’t a priority.