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.
‚ÄúProper seatbelt and child restraint use can help you to avoid traffic tickets, and more importantly, help you and your family stay safe,‚ÄĚ said Cst. Paul Richard.
Failure to wear a seatbelt can result in a $275 fine and a loss of three points on a driver‚Äôs 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.