Seatbelt compliance is a road safety issue that can be a life or death decision for both drivers and passengers.
The severity of injury from a crash, especially injuries to the face and head are significantly lower when all occupants wear seatbelts.
Passengers who don’t wear seatbelts can kill or seriously injure themselves and other passengers.
It’s the driver’s responsibility to ensure all passengers are correctly restrained, penalties include expiation fees and demerit points.
16% of drivers and passengers killed on our roads in 2018 were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. This was much lower than in 2017 (38%) and below the 5 year average (seatbelt not worn in 27% of fatalities).
Overall restraint use is high, with around 95% of occupants being correctly restrained when travelling.
Not wearing a seatbelt when crashing at 40km/h has a similar impact as falling from a two story building onto concrete.