A sign of safety in Onion Lake
Residents have already proven that they can get people to buckle up, and now they're making that message a very visible part of their community
In December 2008, Onion Lake was awarded $50,000 for road safety improvements after being named the winner of SGI's Seatbelt Challenge. Onion Lake had improved its seatbelt use by 28.2%.
Recently Onion Lake community members proudly unveiled 4 unique signs they purchased with part of their prize money that they feel will help draw attention to road safety.
The signs combine seatbelt safety messages with direction from resident elders that portray the rich tradition of the First Nations culture.
In addition to the road signs, Onion Lake leaders are adding crossing signs in 5 high-traffic pedestrian crossing areas near local schools. This safety initiative will be completed in the near future.
"We are impressed by the work done by Onion Lake to increase safety in their community," said Shannon Ell, SGI's Manager of Traffic Safety Promotion. "The Seatbelt Challenge was created to reduce deaths and injuries on Saskatchewan roads and these new road signs will help promote important traffic safety messages."
SGI's Seatbelt Challenge is a community-driven program that focuses on the importance of seatbelt use through roadside activities and community-based events. Local community members gave prizes to people spotted wearing their seatbelts.
"SGI encourages everyone to buckle up and to make sure their friends, family and neighbours to do the same every time they get in a vehicle," said Ell.