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Old 05-29-2004, 07:40 AM
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The fine here for not "buckling up" is a whopping $230. And the driver is responsible for making sure that all of his/her passengers are buckled up as well.
Here's a quote from the Manitoba Public Insurance Commission website:

Need more incentive to buckle you and your passengers up? Here are a few things to remember: the driver can be ticketed $230 for not wearing a seatbelt. The driver can also be ticketed $230 for each passenger under the age of 18 who is not properly buckled up, either with a seat belt or in a child car seat. As well, passengers 18 years and over can be ticketed similarly for not buckling up.

AND......according to a Canada Wide survery conducted by Stats Canada annually, approx 92% of Canadians "Buckle Up for Safety".

It's interesting to hear what the laws are in other countries too. I had no idea that the seat belt law was not enforced in Spain. I just can't imagine anyone driving around with their kid on their lap here. That's like inviting the cops to give you a seat belt ticket as well as slap you with a "reckless endangerment" charge and they might even go for parental neglect or some other such thing. Our province is very strict about these things.

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