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Fasten your seatbelt, Ontario's new law takes off

From now on, every person riding in a vehicle in Ontario must be buckled up.

From now on, every person riding in a vehicle in Ontario must be buckled up.

The new law, which cameinto effect Friday,closed a loophole that allowed vehicles to contain more passengers than seatbelts, as long as all seatbelts were in use.

Passengers above age 16 who fail to follow the"one person, one seatbelt" law could be fined $90,a $20 victim surcharge and two demerit points on their driving records.

Victim surcharges, charged to almost all provincial offences, are based on the amount of the fine and go toward support programs for victims.

Drivers will be held responsible for ensuring that passengers under 16 are wearing seatbelts or appropriate car seats.

The legislation alsobans "doubling up," when two or more people use the same seatbelt at the same time.

Ontario's seatbelt legislation was amended after four people died in anaccident north of Toronto onOct. 16,when a minivan with 10 people inside but only seven seatbelts collided with a tractor-trailer.