By: Luke Jones, Published on July 30, 2018 01:31 PM, Last Update on July 30, 2018 10:32 AM
Motorists are dying on the roads of Newfoundland and Labrador because they are not buckling up behind the wheel. RCMP in the province says one-third of road fatalities over the last five years involved people not wearing a seatbelt.
Data from the law enforcement agency shows from 2013 until July of this year, 182 people died on roads in NL from 154 collisions. Of those fatalities, around 35 per cent were not wearing their belt.
RCMP points out its data does not figure fatalities in which an underlying medical condition, such as a heart attack, cause the collision. Police say they hope the numbers shock motorists into wearing their seatbelts when driving. Indeed, RCMP says many of the collisions would not have been fatal if a seatbelt was in use.
To help increase awareness, RCMP Sgt. Oliver Whiffen says a social campaign is launching to highlight the safety of wearing a seatbelt. The campaign is launching during this summer as more people take to the roads.
Among the information RCMP is offering is how seatbelts can prevent certain accidents, like being thrown through a windshield or hitting other passengers. The campaign is flying under the BucklUpN-L hashtag and encourages people to share photos and videos regarding seatbelt use.