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Manitoba RCMP launching aggressive seatbelt campaign

WINNIPEG, Man. -- The RCMP are going to great lengths in Manitoba to catch any motorists who drive without their se...


WINNIPEG, Man. — The RCMP are going to great lengths in Manitoba to catch any motorists who drive without their seatbelts on.

Police are launching a five-week zero-tolerance campaign aimed at catching anyone who drives while unbuckled, whether it be a passenger car, or an 18-wheeler. In fact, the RCMP says it may even set up elaborate traps such as fake construction zones to get vehicles to slow down so officers can get a better look into the vehicle.

“We want people to wear their seat-belts,” RCMP Const. Eric Edmonds told local media. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to get them to do that.”

Half of the fatalities that have occurred on Manitoba highways this year could’ve been avoided if the victims were wearing seatbelts, Edmonds says. The province is considering issuing driver’s demerits to people caught not wearing their seatbelts.


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