Monthly Enforcement

November STEP – Occupant Restraints

The traffic safety focus for the month of November is Occupant Restraints, particularly child safety seats.

Wearing a seatbelt is one of the simplest, yet most important decisions drivers and passengers can make to protect themselves in a vehicle. It’s also crucial that infants and young children are properly restrained in car seats or booster seats.

Occupant restraints facts:

  • From 2014 to 2018, there were 282 unbelted fatalities in Alberta.
  • In 2018, people involved in collisions who used restraints had a much lower injury rate (6.7%) than those who did not use restraints (18.1%).
  • Drivers are responsible for ensuring children under the age of 16 are properly secured and could face a $162 fine for not doing so.
  • Children younger than 6 years old who weigh less than 18kg (40lbs) must be in a properly installed child safety seat.
  • Children are safest in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old. Once they are at least 2 years old, children can move to a forward-facing car seat.
  • Once a child is at least 6 or weighs at least 18kg, they should be in a booster seat. While not required by law, booster seats are highly recommended because they help position a child, so the seat belt fits properly. Without a booster seat, a child is three and a half times more likely to suffer a significant injury.
  • A child is safest in the back seat until they are at least 13.

If you need assistance in confirming your car seat is properly installed, you can call 403-502-8249 or email to book an appointment.  Prior to your appointment, please install the seat to the best of your ability or have someone that can be hands on during the appointment.

For more information contact:

A/Sgt Kurtis Ladouceur
Traffic Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8471