Wearing a seatbelt is easy, so why do South Australian motorists continue to not wear one and are dying on our roads as a result?
- Whilst the vast majority of motorists (95%) buckle up when they take to the roads, seat belt usage rates amongst those vehicle occupants killed remains a serious issue.
- In 2008 there were 24 fatalities, 66 serious injuries and 241 casualties involving motorists in road crashes who were not wearing a seatbelt.
- Most accidents involving unrestrained motorists happen close to home, so wear your seatbelt, even on short trips and when travelling close to home, it will save you life.
For information regarding Child Restraints visit sa.gov.au/restraints
24 Fatalities in 2008 of people not wearing seatbelts
If you don’t wear a seatbelt you are 10 times more likely to be killed in a crash. Not only that, you have a significantly greater chance of being seriously injured.
Seatbelt usage rates are significantly lower in regional South Australia, and the trend has continued over the past 10 years.
This new seatbelt campaign is heavily focused on reaching regional motorists as well as those in metropolitan South Australia and urges people to always wear a seatbelt.
Whether you are a driver or passenger, by law, you are required to wear a seatbelt.
Also, all drivers are now responsible for ensuring that their adult passengers – aged 16 and over – are properly restrained.
If you are a driver or passenger aged 16 years or over you will be fined for failing to wear a seatbelt.
|Driver not wearing a seatbelt||'On the spot' fine; and 3 demerit points $355 + $60*|
|Driver penalty for one passenger not wearing a seatbelt||'On the spot' fine; and 3 demerit points $355 + $60|
|Driver penalty for more than one passenger not wearing a seatbelt||'On the spot' fine; and 5 demerit points $419 + $60|
|Passenger not wearing a seatbelt (16 years or older). Both driver and passenger will be fined.||'On the spot' fine; and 3 demerit points $355 + $60|