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Seatbelts

Background

Wearing a seat belt is one of easiest ways of protecting drivers and passengers when travelling in a vehicle. In 2008 almost on third of regional road fatalities were not wearing a seat belt. Seat belts prevent vehicle occupants from being ejected from a vehicle, they reduce the time taken to come to a stop in a crash (hence reducing impact forces), spread the impact force over a greater area of the body and minimise contact of occupants with a vehicle's interior. Drivers and passengers travelling unrestrained in a car are eighteen times more likely to be killed in a road crash than those wearing a seatbelt.

The facts

In 2008, 33% of serious injuries when not wearing a seatbelt were in the Metropolitan region, which contains 73% of the states population.  Whereas in the Kimberley, there was 9% of the states serious injuries when not wearing a seatbelt, however this region contained less than 2% of the states population.  Of those vehicle occupants killed in road crashes in the ten years to 2004 who were found not to be wearing a seatbelt, 66% were males and 34% were females.  In addition to this 48% of children and adolescents (6-16 years) killed in a car crash, were found not to be wearing a seatbelt.

Community Attitudes

In a 2006 survey of road safety attitudesm 93% of rural males aged 17-59 years considered driving without a restraint a morally unacceptable behaviour.  Despite that 16% of drivers readily admit occasionally or regularly non-wearing over the past 6 months.

In the same survey, 34% of rural males aged 17-59 years believed that an unexpected event occurring on the road that may result in a crash was 'unlikely' and 87% considered the risk of detection for non-restraint use was 'unlikely'.

Seatbelts and the Law

In 2007 fines for not wearing a seatbelt increased from $200 for a first offence to $500 for drivers and passengers.  Demerit points for drivers rose from three points to four points and there is now more of an obligation for drivers to make sure their passengers are restrained.   More information on seatbelts and the road rules visit either the WA Police or the Road Safety Council

Seatbelts save lives on farms TOO!

Don't wait till you're at the front gate to put your seatbelt on. Click here for more more information on seatbelts on farms.

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