Seatbelt message needs to click

Nearly 40 motorists or passengers were detected not wearing a seatbelt during a three-day state-wide police blitz.

Operation Belt Up was held between 12.01am on Friday 24 March and 11.59pm on Sunday 26 March.

Of the 39 drivers or passengers found committing a seatbelt offence during the operation, 23 received an expiation.

Five vehicles were defected for seatbelt or restraint deficiencies.

A seatbelt is worn correctly if the sash part of the seatbelt sits flat on the shoulder without touching the face or neck, the lap part of the seatbelt crosses low over the hips, not the abdomen, and if the seatbelt is not twisted.

A similar operation in November detected 71 seatbelt offences over the same period.

While the results of the most recent operation show better compliance, failing to wear a seatbelt remains a significant factor in deaths and trauma on our roads.

Investigations into road fatalities so far this year show that four people who have lost their lives in crashes were not wearing a seatbelt.

In 2022, 15 people who lost their lives in crashes were not wearing a seatbelt. This represents 21 percent of last year’s fatalities where the restraint status of the person is known.

Superintendent Bob Gray, Officer in Charge, Traffic Services Branch, said, “Wearing a seatbelt could ultimately be the determining factor between life and death in a crash.

“Without a seatbelt you are unlikely to survive even a low-speed crash and, in fact, are more than ten times more likely to be killed in a crash.”

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