‘Tighten your Belt’ and save a life

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed the launch of a new road safety campaign to remind motorists of the risks of not buckling up behind the wheel.

The ‘Tighten your Belt’ campaign, was launched by the Queensland Government after alarming Department of Transport and Main Roads statistics revealed one in four people killed in crashes across the State were not wearing a seatbelt.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Steve Spalding said the Club hoped the campaign would help drive home a message about the lifesaving role the safety device could play in a crash.

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“It’s the primary method of restraint – not only does it securely hold the person in, but it positions them correctly should the airbags be deployed,” Mr Spalding said.

“Seatbelts have been in cars for many decades now, so it’s really concerning this simple action hasn’t ‘clicked’ for more than 67,000 people who were fined between 2013 and 2017 for not wearing one.”

Mr Spalding said it was shocking the data revealed almost a fifth of all seatbelt infringements had involved drivers with unrestrained children in the car.

“We’re really urging parents to lead by example here and demonstrate positive driving behaviours early on,” he said.

“Drivers also need to be aware that it’s their responsibility to ensure all passengers are buckled up or in an approved child restraint – and there’s consequences for not doing so.

“Aside from the obvious threat of death or injury, four unrestrained passengers in a family sedan will cost you your licence and a fine of more than $1500.

“There is no excuse not to buckle up – every trip, every time.”