Hundreds busted not buckling up

RACQ has slammed rogue motorists for not taking simple steps to save lives after hundreds were caught on camera not wearing a seatbelt.

The Courier Mail reported 430 drivers were busted breaking seatbelt laws over a two-week period by artificial intelligence cameras which were rolled out in August.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said it was shocking in 2020 that people still needed to be reminded of the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt.

“It beggars belief that even though seatbelt laws have been around since the seventies, some people are still refusing to buckle up. It’s one of the first things you do when you get into a car – and whether it’s laziness or arrogance, not putting your seatbelt on is simply ridiculous,” Mr Turner said.

“Almost one quarter of road crash deaths in Queensland were people not wearing a seatbelt and you’re eight times more likely to die in a car crash if you’re not buckled up. 

“You’re not only risking your own life but the lives of other people in the vehicle. An unbelted passenger can become a projectile in a crash and can hit other people in the vehicle.

“Cars are safer now than they’ve ever been but that all technology goes out the window if you don’t take the simple step of putting on your seatbelt. Seatbelts save lives, it’s that simple.”