“During 1 January to 31 December 2010, there were 31 unrestrained vehicle occupant fatalities as a result of crashes within Queensland, which represents 28.7% of vehicle occupant fatalities within Queensland, where restraint use was known (n=108)” (Department of Transport and Main Roads 2011, p19).
Research suggests that using a seatbelt can reduce a vehicle occupant’s risk of death by at least 40 per centAround 40 years after seat belt use was first made compulsory in Queensland, it is a real concern that so many vehicle occupants are still being killed in crashes because they are not properly restrained when travelling.
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Australian Transport Council 2008, National Road Safety Action Plan 2009 and 2010, Australian Transport Council, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Department of Transport and Main Roads 2011, 2010 Year In Review Road Crash Report, Queensland Government
National Transport Commission 2008, Australian Road Rules: February 2008 edition, National Transport Commission
Queensland Transport 2008, Queensland Road Safety Action Plan 2008-2009: safe4life, Queensland Government, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.