Dear Cop - Wearing Seatbelts

Who gets the ticket if the passenger is not wearing a seatbelt? If you get
into an accident and an injury results because they did not want to wear a
seatbelt, would that affect my insurance?

Any passenger(s) under the age of 16 years is the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle. If the passenger is not wearing a seatbelt and under the age of 16 years, then the driver will be held responsible and charged with the offence. I am of the understanding that ICBC does have a policy for injuries while in a vehicle and not using a seatbelt. The insurance question is best answered by a representative of ICBC.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment

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Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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