ACT Policing will be focusing on seatbelts for the month of September as part of its ongoing traffic enforcement campaign.
Every year in Australia more than 20% of all the road fatalities involve a person, including children, not being properly restrained.
Officer-In-Charge of Traffic Operations, Sergeant Rod Anderson said that seat belts saved lives, and that drivers also carried the full responsibility for their passengers wearing seat belts.
“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,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“Seat belts 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.”
ACT Policing statistics show that 562 individuals were given a traffic infringement notice (TIN) for driving without a seatbelt in 2011 (up 96 on 2010).
So far in 2012 there has been 475 TINs issued for individuals driving without a seatbelt in the ACT.
ACT Policing will continue to pay particular attention to the offence of not wearing a seatbelt throughout the month of September.
The fine for not having a seat belt properly fastened is $303 + 3 demerit points.