ACT Policing caught 53 drivers during March for not wearing a seatbelt after a targeted operation involving Traffic Operations and General Duties patrols.
Traffic Operations, Superintendent Kylie Flower said that seatbelts saved lives, and that drivers also carried the full responsibility for their passengers wearing seatbelts.
“Seatbelts are a proven safety feature and there’s no excuse for not wearing one. You greatly reduce the chances of being killed or seriously injured in a collision if you’re wearing a seat belt and that belt is properly adjusted,” Superintendent Flower said.
“It is an offence to drive while not wearing your seatbelt or to permit passengers of any age to travel in your car without seatbelts.”
“It’s also crucial to ensure all children travelling in the vehicle are correctly restrained in a suitable approved child restraint which is properly fastened and adjusted, or occupy a seating position fitted with a suitable seatbelt and wear the seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened, even for short trips.”
ACT Policing statistics show that 709 individuals were given a traffic infringement notice (TIN) for driving without a seatbelt in 2012 (up 147 on 2011).
So far in 2013 there has been 111 TINs issued for individuals driving without a seatbelt in the ACT.
The fine for not having a seatbelt properly fastened is $303 + 3 demerit points.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]