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We all need to help make the change

cartoon_oct52016If someone were to tell you that you could do one simple exercise, complete it in a matter of seconds, and it’s guaranteed to extend your life, would you do it?

Of course you would, yet, that is exactly what buckling up your seatbelt can do and it seems Ontarians still are not doing that, despite decades of public safety notices and sobering messages from police.

According to numbers from the OPP, who have recently launched yet another campaign to enforce seatbelt laws, 347 people have died in the last five years because they weren’t wearing their seat belts.

“We see it all the time,” one OPP constable tells The Oshawa Express.

It is incredible that people refuse to do one simple thing that is proven to help in the event of a crash.

Police and the province of Ontario are also cracking down on another dangerous driving behaviour as new laws with stricter penalties come in affect this week for those caught driving while impaired by drugs.

This is a practice that can affect everyone and we should all be aware. And it’s not just recreational drug use contributing to problems, but it is also prescription medications that can have side affects with devastating consequences.

Will Ontarians get the message and simply drive unimpaired?

Earlier this month, York Region approached the one-year anniversary of a very public impaired driving accident that claimed the lives of three children and their grandfather. Regional police laid 16 charges for impaired driving against Marco Muzzo who destroyed the Neville-Lake family.

It’s awful to think that such a tragic accident is not enough to deter people from getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

Stricter penalties continue to be introduced, but it takes every person, including those who choose only to drive when sober, to make the change a reality. Tell friends, family and co-workers that you won’t stand for unsafe driving practices, because while something like a seatbelt is a choice that impacts only you and your safety, impaired drivers have the potential to impact us all.