More than $49,500 seatbelt fines issued in Kings County

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BRUDENELL  - Catching drivers not wearing seatbelts has resulted in $49,500 in fines being handed out by RCMP last year.

Kings District RCMP officers issued 180 seatbelt tickets from April 2013 to the end of December 2013.

RCMP said reducing the number of serious injuries and deaths by increasing the number of motorists wearing seatbelts is a priority in P.E.I.

Officers will be focusing on both enforcement and education when it comes to informing citizens about seatbelt usage, said RCMP.

“Proper seatbelt and child restraint use can help you to avoid traffic tickets, and more importantly, help you and your family stay safe,” said Cst. Paul Richard.

Failure to wear a seatbelt can result in a $275 fine and a loss of three points on a driver’s license.

RCMP remind drivers that to be effective, all seatbelts need to be worn close to the body, across the chest and over the shoulder.

The lap portion needs to be firmly against the body and across the lower hips. A

ir bags are not a substitute for seatbelts as they do not prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected from the vehicle.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Kings, P.E.I.

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  • No-Regrets
    February 03, 2014 - 08:00

    Suppose some drivers do not support the idea of wearing seat belts..... keep paying those fines & hope you are right that not wearing a seat belt is a great idea when you hit a tree.

  • speakup
    February 03, 2014 - 06:53

    It's completely ridiculous that it is dictated (as well as many other bogus rules made up by the mentally unaware) to the public motorists that a seatbelt is mandatory. The only person who is unsafe is the person not wearing the seatbelt. What the hell are they taking 3 points off your license for too. Also for all you people who keep going on about driving being a privilege put a sock in it. It would only be a privilege if it were free but with the amount of money it costs a person to drive it is a right.... Having said that I do believe that all children should have proper restraints until they are old and wise enough to make their own decisions. As for adults it should be completely up to them whether they wear a belt or not, not the so called law.

  • +hardhead
    February 02, 2014 - 21:09

    We should use our heads and buckle up its really not that big of a deal to clip a seatbelt.....unless you have a hardhead

  • fred
    February 02, 2014 - 11:02

    It; not all about safety / its just about how much revenue they can collect. For instance; I am going down the road ;two tons of metal wrapped around me, get pulled over and get a ticket for no seatbelt. Then a motorcycle ; no backrest, goes by, about 100klm. an hour with a young girl hanging of the back of it ;sitting on about 3 inches of seat . The next thing the gov. will try to enforce is everyone will have to be fitted with a tank , and pay for the air that we breath + h.s.t.

    • don
      February 02, 2014 - 12:59

      i agree with you fully. but what gets me besides this story is you have the jack frost not making kids wear helmets to protect the brain and they say it is for the kids lol it is for PROFIT. to me if a child is hurt while being at the event the group should be SUED for not trying to be safe. where where health and safety? but like the government health comes 2nd to profit. i hope parents stays away from the event and thinks of the safety of the child 1st.

    • David
      February 02, 2014 - 13:08

      @Fred I urge you please do not wear a seatbelt for the sake of evolution.

  • ironic
    February 02, 2014 - 03:41

    40-50 years ago cars didnt have seatbelts. Government said we needed them. Now the government makes 40-50g...need i say more?

    • joe buhnan
      February 02, 2014 - 09:29

      haha ironic, they should make helmets and bubble wrap suits mandatory, imagine the fines/revenue they could generate then!

    • SLIPPY
      February 02, 2014 - 12:19

      Ironic, while I am suspicious of government revenue streams, the truth is 40-50 years ago, cars didn't have seatbelts, and they were far inferior safety wise. That was around the same time cigarettes were promoted as a health product. The good old days were great, now that they are gone, but most people wouldn't want to go back to them.

  • w kennedy
    February 02, 2014 - 03:24

    Please remember that you should also have helmets particularly if pedestrians???

  • Concerned Driver
    February 01, 2014 - 22:46

    I think it is time that we raise the threshold for driving awareness. I have a feeling that many drivers are unaware of the fact that driving is not a right ... it is a privilege. Not that many years ago there was a provincial Defensive Driving program through which drivers could gain more advanced driving knowledge and earn extra points on their license. If we can't implement a Defensive Driving program, why doesn't the Guardian print driving tips. You know, stuff like: - It is illegal to drive with only your parking lights on, - When turning on to a two lane road, do so by turning onto the lane closest to you, - When merging, match the speed of the traffic, signal your intention, and merge when safe to do so, and - When you see a vehicle merging into your lane, allow the vehicle to merge by providing the vehicle with enough room to do so without problem, - When turning left at an intersection, do so without interferring with vehicles turning right from the direction you are turning, - At a four-way stop, come to a complete stop, yield the right of way to vehicles that have arrived and stopped before you, yield to a vehicle to your immediate right if you arrive and stop at the same time, proceed if there is no conflict in right of way, negotiate the right of way with other drivers should there be a confict such as four vehicles arriving at the same time. Maybe they could work with folks at Highway Safety to put together a weekly driving tip that shows a diagram of what is incorrect and one that is correct. Just a suggestion.

  • West Prince Resident
    February 01, 2014 - 22:20

    I cannot believe people are still not wearing seatbelts. At least buckle up your kids! Is your logic that if you hit a tree, your toddler is going to survive being thrown out?

  • don
    February 01, 2014 - 18:06

    please keep the fines coming as wes needs the money he is close to being in the poor house. why do you think the fancy hotel will not be build this year so keep breaking the law. get drunk more PLEASE. wes and his money boys do not care about lives as they get hst on your death.

  • Smarten up people ,save some tears
    February 01, 2014 - 12:55

    That reflects a serious issue ..island drivers should smarten up..if makes no difference if you are in the boonies or around town ..buckle up and leave the cell phone off or alone......but if you talk to someone charged "It was the cop ..he is such (#@#^@#)..when in reality you just have to look in the mirror toodapto find the culprit.$275.00 is ahell of a lot cheaper than the average funeral...........