RCMP stepping up enforcement
Cpl. Darren Galley conducts surveillance on motorists driving near Exit 4 on South Albion Street as part of an RCMP Northern Traffic Services enforcement of seat belt usage. Darrell Cole – Amherst Daily News
AMHERST – If you don’t click it, chances are you may get a ticket.
RCMP Northern Traffic Services are conducting seat belt enforcement throughout the region this month.
“One of our mandates and priorities is to increase seat belt use because it reduces the risk of fatalities in collisions,” Cpl. Darren Galley of the RCMP said while watching traffic near Exit 4 just outside Amherst. “If you’re not wearing a seat belt the greater the chances of you being thrown from the vehicles and that very seldom ends well. In a lot of the collisions I’ve attended and people not wearing seat belts were ejected, the majority did not survive.”
During Tuesday’s enforcement, that was held around both Amherst and Oxford, RCMP charged 21 people, including 10 for non-use of seat belts and nine people using a handheld cellphone while driving.
Other charges included an unlicensed driver, one person driving with revoked licence and one seized ATV.
Sealt belts have been the law in Nova Scotia and across Canada since the mid-1970s. Galley said most people follow the law, but there’s still a small minority out there that police are attempting to reach.
Based on figures from 2009, 89 per cent of Nova Scotians use seat belts. Locally, Galley said the number is much higher – close to 97 per cent.