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Seatbelts sometimes a bigger issue than drunk driving: study

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Seatbelt use — or lack thereof — may be a bigger problem on long weekend road trips than drunk driving and speeding.

A study out of McGill university finds people are more likely to drink and drive on regular weekends and drive more conservatively, on a family getaway.

But researchers point out deadly crashes increased 18 per cent on long weekends, at the same time seatbelt use seemed to decrease.

It’s something RCMP Corporal Robert MacDonald calls baffling.

“It’s been proven over and over: seatbelts save lives. Once a crash happens, you have to remain in that vehicle. Anytime someone gets ejected from a vehicle, their chance of survival is greatly, greatly reduced,” he tells us.

The study’s stats came from from Alberta crash data over five years.