On Wednesday, May 16th, SGI’s Seatbelt Challenge was in Radville between 11:00 a.m. and to 2:00 p.m. at the end of Main Street by the CN Station. RCMP Constable McIntosh assisted with the safety aspect of the program and the RRHS SADD group was there to hand out promotional material and talk to drivers.
Each year, in various communities across the province, the SGI Seatbelt Challenge encourages people to buckle up through public awareness activities such as offering rewards to individuals spotted wearing their seatbelts, engaging community members to conduct seatbelt-related activities and distributing posters.
Five communities from Southeast Saskatchewan, 5 from the Southwest, and 9 from Northern communities will challenge each other to buckle up. The Southeast communities included this time are Carlyle, Carnduff, Oxbow, Radville and Redvers.
On average in Saskatchewan, 60 per cent of fatalities on rural roads and seventy-five per cent of fatalities on First Nations roads involve unbelted occupants.
“Seatbelts save lives,” says Shannon Ell, Manager of Traffic Safety Promotion at SGI. “We are partnering with these communities to promote and reward seatbelt use and to raise awareness about the importance of buckling up.”
Buckle up and live!