ACT Policing is reminding passengers of all vehicles, including taxis and multi-cabs, of their responsibility to wear a seatbelt on the road.
The warning follows a collision last Saturday night involving a car and a maxi-cab which left a 24-year-old female in a critical condition, and other passengers with minor injuries.
“The impact of this collision caused the driver of the taxi to lose control of the vehicle before it veered across a median island and struck a street light pole,” Acting Superintendent of Traffic Operations Rod Anderson said.
“In this instance, three of the four passengers were not wearing their seatbelt and the seriousness of the collision has caused considerable damage.
“Regardless of the vehicle you are travelling in, seatbelts are a proven safety device and can greatly reduce the chance of being killed or seriously injured in a collision.”
Acting Superintendent Anderson urged passengers and drivers to buckle up, even if it was just a short trip.
“Not being properly restrained in a vehicle means there’s more risk of being thrown around if something were to go wrong on the road.
“Not only is it the law for passengers to wear their seatbelts but drivers too face penalties if their passengers are not wearing seatbelts.”
As part of its ongoing traffic enforcement campaign, ACT Policing focused on seatbelts for the month of March and caught more than 50 people not wearing the safety restraint.
Canberrans who don’t have a seatbelt properly fastened could face a $353 fine plus 3 demerit points.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]