For drivers ticketed for incorrect restraint of a passenger under 16 years of age, the Option 4 Program is an education session on proper use of child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children. When a driver is stopped by RCMP or local law enforcement at a safety check, any children riding in the vehicle are inspected to make sure they are correctly buckled up in a child safety seat, a booster seat or a seat belt, depending on their size. A ticket may be issued to the driver if any misuse or non-use of the child restraint is identified.
A driver who receives a traffic ticket usually has three options:
Instead, Option 4 allows the driver to attend an education session on proper use of child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children. After completion of this session, the ticket is recommended for withdrawal and the driver does not pay the fine. The Option 4 Program exists in many areas in Alberta. In areas where the Program is not available, the driver must deal with the ticket in another way.
Where implemented, the Option 4 Program has had a positive impact on the use of child restraints, and has resulted in successful partnerships between health and enforcement to address this traffic safety issue.
If you have received a ticket for incorrect restraint of a passenger under 16 years of age:
Setting Up and Maintaining an Option 4 Program
The Alberta Traffic Safety Plan designates March and October for occupant restraint activities, including seat belt, child safety seat and booster seat enforcement and education. This section provides information and resources for health, enforcement and other community partners interested in child passenger safety to run an Option 4 Program.
Recommendation for Withdrawal Forms
Recommendation for Withdrawal Forms are required for an Option 4 Program. These forms are available from the AORP Program Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The forms are supplied in packages of 50 and sent by mail.
Register Your Area’s Session
Register your area’s Option 4 Program sessions on this site. Email the dates and locations of upcoming sessions to email@example.com at least two weeks prior to your safety check.