WINNIPEG – The number of people wearing seat belts has decreased according a survey done by the Citizens on Patrol Program.
This initiative in cooperation with law enforcement relies on volunteers to observe drivers in specific rural areas.
After studying 13 locations in October, they found more than 600 people not wearing seat belts, a slightly higher percentage than what was observed during the spring.
Ward Keith of Manitoba Public Insurance tells 680 CJOB this information is key to help track where people are breaking traffic laws.
“There’s this disconnect between the fact that 95 per cent of people wear their seat belts all the time but a third or more of people killed in crashes are not wearing their seat belts and as a result, they are getting ejected from their vehicles and losing their lives,” says Keith.
The survey tracked cell phone use while driving and found almost 99 per cent of motorists complied with the law.