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Police focussing on your seatbelts

By johnboy - 4 September 2012 34

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.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Police focussing on your seatbelts
Mordd 7:56 pm 04 Sep 12

I’m still waiting to see a sign one day saying “Police now focusing on catching people breaking the law” or similar lol.

But more importantly, we’re up to comment 13 already and no-one has brought up the ‘fpcusing’ vs ‘focussing’ debate yet, is this RiotACT or did I get lost on the way somewhere…. LOL

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=focusing+vs+focussing

HenryBG 7:55 pm 04 Sep 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

Many times I have tried to make a check over my shoulder when changing lanes …..

Obviously NOT a Canberra driver then….

This is exactly why I don’t wear a seatbelt unless I’m on the highway. It just isn’t safe to wear a seatbelt in city traffic, and the supposed benefits it provides are dubious at best.

tommo 7:34 pm 04 Sep 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

I’m with HenryBG, the seatbelt can be a problem. Many times I have tried to make a check over my shoulder when changing lanes only to have the auto-lock on the seatbelt catch me half way, thus straining my neck or hurting my shoulder.
I have also had the unpleasant experience of having this same auto-lock fail in an accident. My face nicely found the steering wheel and my forehead the windscreen. Curse that invention, at least in older cars the seatbelt didn’t have the option of free-wheeling. I note here that I didn’t go hurtling through the windscreen, rather I ended up with the bottom half of my body trying to crumple into the floorpan.
There is one solution here that would in my opinion be the most sensible – 5 point racing harnesses. If it’s good enough for race drivers and good enough for toddlers, why not everybody else??

I can’t see you being able to turn head to check over your shoulder with a 5 point racing harness. Race drivers certainly don’t turn their heads very often.

Woody Mann-Caruso 7:09 pm 04 Sep 12

this cannot be true because police in canberra only target speeding and never anything else and besides there arent any police cars on the road and if there were wed all stop speeding because if a policeman sees you you’ll slow down but if a camera sees you you won’t and i took my eyes off the road once to look at my speedo because a camera made me do it and i crashed into a bus full of kindergarteners and they all died

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:52 pm 04 Sep 12

HenryBG said :

Watson said :

Thanks for that! I let my 7yo ride in the front sometimes on drives through the neighbourhood.

I let mine stand on the towbar clinging to the radio aerial.

Watson said :

I don’t get people who don’t wear seatbelts. I basically can’t drive without feeling the pressure of mine.

You see that “pressure”? That “pressure” represents an increased risk of crashing your car. In some circumstances it also represents increased severity of injury resulting from crashes.
Luckily these shades of grey can be ignored because we have a nanny state which liberates us from the onerous task of conducting our own personal risk assessments before deciding on wearing a seatbelt.

Evil_Kitten said :

Yep I don’t understand how people can “forget” to put on their seatbelts either. It just feels weird and wrong. I will sometimes leave mine off to stop at my letterbox and it feels so strange even for that short distance. It makes me worry about so many other aspects of their driving if the simple act of the seatbelt forgets to register in their brain!

Drivers not wearing a seatbelt are more mobile in their seats and therefore more alert and capable of bringing superior skills to their driving.

Other drivers prefer the zombie couch potato feel.

To each his own. Oh, except for government trying to legislate their way into every aspect of our lives.

Haha you are such a ridiculous mong.

I agree that peeps shouldn’t be forced to wear seatbelts, but ensure to not make ridiculous claims.

DrKoresh 6:35 pm 04 Sep 12

Evil_Kitten said :

What the hell are you on about? Are you being sarcastic or do you honestly think there should be no seatbelt laws? I’m not a fan of nanny state either but seatbelts??? They are kind of a good idea. You should pick your battles.

And true, no seatbelt makes you more mobile in your seat – when you go flying through the windscreen.

+1 Well put. I tried to respond but it was making me too angry to do anything other than insult dear Henry, so i just clicked to a new article.

wildturkeycanoe 6:00 pm 04 Sep 12

I’m with HenryBG, the seatbelt can be a problem. Many times I have tried to make a check over my shoulder when changing lanes only to have the auto-lock on the seatbelt catch me half way, thus straining my neck or hurting my shoulder.
I have also had the unpleasant experience of having this same auto-lock fail in an accident. My face nicely found the steering wheel and my forehead the windscreen. Curse that invention, at least in older cars the seatbelt didn’t have the option of free-wheeling. I note here that I didn’t go hurtling through the windscreen, rather I ended up with the bottom half of my body trying to crumple into the floorpan.
There is one solution here that would in my opinion be the most sensible – 5 point racing harnesses. If it’s good enough for race drivers and good enough for toddlers, why not everybody else??

Paul0075 5:40 pm 04 Sep 12

bigred said :

Still waiting for “no tailgating” month

And for driving with the fog lights turned off in clear conditions month

Dragon 5:28 pm 04 Sep 12

HenryBG said :

Watson said :

Thanks for that! I let my 7yo ride in the front sometimes on drives through the neighbourhood.

I let mine stand on the towbar clinging to the radio aerial.

Watson said :

I don’t get people who don’t wear seatbelts. I basically can’t drive without feeling the pressure of mine.

You see that “pressure”? That “pressure” represents an increased risk of crashing your car. In some circumstances it also represents increased severity of injury resulting from crashes.
Luckily these shades of grey can be ignored because we have a nanny state which liberates us from the onerous task of conducting our own personal risk assessments before deciding on wearing a seatbelt.

Evil_Kitten said :

Yep I don’t understand how people can “forget” to put on their seatbelts either. It just feels weird and wrong. I will sometimes leave mine off to stop at my letterbox and it feels so strange even for that short distance. It makes me worry about so many other aspects of their driving if the simple act of the seatbelt forgets to register in their brain!

Drivers not wearing a seatbelt are more mobile in their seats and therefore more alert and capable of bringing superior skills to their driving.

Other drivers prefer the zombie couch potato feel.

To each his own. Oh, except for government trying to legislate their way into every aspect of our lives.

I wish we could get this troll banned from here. His words are killing the brain cells of anyone who reads them.

Evil_Kitten 5:24 pm 04 Sep 12

What the hell are you on about? Are you being sarcastic or do you honestly think there should be no seatbelt laws? I’m not a fan of nanny state either but seatbelts??? They are kind of a good idea. You should pick your battles.

And true, no seatbelt makes you more mobile in your seat – when you go flying through the windscreen.

HenryBG 4:51 pm 04 Sep 12

Watson said :

Thanks for that! I let my 7yo ride in the front sometimes on drives through the neighbourhood.

I let mine stand on the towbar clinging to the radio aerial.

Watson said :

I don’t get people who don’t wear seatbelts. I basically can’t drive without feeling the pressure of mine.

You see that “pressure”? That “pressure” represents an increased risk of crashing your car. In some circumstances it also represents increased severity of injury resulting from crashes.
Luckily these shades of grey can be ignored because we have a nanny state which liberates us from the onerous task of conducting our own personal risk assessments before deciding on wearing a seatbelt.

Evil_Kitten said :

Yep I don’t understand how people can “forget” to put on their seatbelts either. It just feels weird and wrong. I will sometimes leave mine off to stop at my letterbox and it feels so strange even for that short distance. It makes me worry about so many other aspects of their driving if the simple act of the seatbelt forgets to register in their brain!

Drivers not wearing a seatbelt are more mobile in their seats and therefore more alert and capable of bringing superior skills to their driving.

Other drivers prefer the zombie couch potato feel.

To each his own. Oh, except for government trying to legislate their way into every aspect of our lives.

bigred 3:13 pm 04 Sep 12

Still waiting for “no tailgating” month

Evil_Kitten 3:04 pm 04 Sep 12

Yep I don’t understand how people can “forget” to put on their seatbelts either. It just feels weird and wrong. I will sometimes leave mine off to stop at my letterbox and it feels so strange even for that short distance. It makes me worry about so many other aspects of their driving if the simple act of the seatbelt forgets to register in their brain!

Watson 1:36 pm 04 Sep 12

helium said :

and presumably this one too ?

“drivers who fail to ensure that children under 7 years are properly restrained in an approved child restraint are liable for a fine of $284 and 3 demerit points. Properly fitted restraints improve a child’s chance of surviving a serious crash”

If a vehicle has two or more rows of seats, then children under 4 years must not travel in the front seat.

If a vehicle has two or more rows of seats, then children aged between 4 years and under 7 years must not travel in the front seat unless all other seats are being used by children under 7 years. In this situation, a child may travel in the front seat using an approved booster seat and a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt.

Thanks for that! I let my 7yo ride in the front sometimes on drives through the neighbourhood. Though I have been told that it is still always safer in the back and airbags are still an issue for kids that size. So on longer trips, she goes in the back.

I don’t get people who don’t wear seatbelts. I basically can’t drive without feeling the pressure of mine. It’s like going out without an essential piece of clothing.

helium 12:20 pm 04 Sep 12

and presumably this one too ?

“drivers who fail to ensure that children under 7 years are properly restrained in an approved child restraint are liable for a fine of $284 and 3 demerit points. Properly fitted restraints improve a child’s chance of surviving a serious crash”

If a vehicle has two or more rows of seats, then children under 4 years must not travel in the front seat.

If a vehicle has two or more rows of seats, then children aged between 4 years and under 7 years must not travel in the front seat unless all other seats are being used by children under 7 years. In this situation, a child may travel in the front seat using an approved booster seat and a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt.

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