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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    All they want for Christmas is you – buckle up to arrive safely

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Tuesday, December 04, 2018

    All they want for Christmas is you – buckle up to arrive safely

    Queenslanders can give the best possible gift this Christmas to their friends and loved ones – themselves, with the message to buckle up and drive safely.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said a recent increase in crashes involving people not wearing seatbelts prompted the renewed call to action on seatbelts.

    “Shockingly, on average, about one in four people killed in vehicles on Queensland roads aren’t wearing seatbelts,” Mr Bailey said.

    “This trend increased for the first six months of this year to about 30 per cent.

    “It's concenring that, decades after laws changed to make seatbelts mandatory, that people need reminding about the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

    "The campaign, All They Want For Christmas Is You, will directly target those people.

    “If you crash without a seatbelt, you’ll be far more likely to be killed than injured. Seatbelts improve the chances of surviving a crash by 200 per cent. 

    “That chance you take will definitely affect other people – people you love and want to be there for, especially at Christmas."

    The seatbelt safety campaign will run statewide on radio, billboards and social media until late December.

    It is the first outcome from the Seatbelts: Let’s make it Click forum, held in Townsville in August as part of Queensland Road Safety Week.

    Mr Bailey said a second phase of the seatbelts campaign would launch in February 2019 with a different key message.

    “This campaign will be the first under the new 'StreetSmarts QLD' road safety banner, encouraging Queenslanders to use their Street Smarts to be a better road user when on or around the road,” he said.

    “The Queensland Government's former road safety branding Join the Drive delivered a number of successful campaigns since launching in 2013 and grew a strong and active social media community around road safety issues in Queensland.

    “Street Smarts will build on Join the Drive’s success with a real-time education program to help everyone including drivers, bike riders and pedestrians become better informed about using our roads safely.”

     

    Website

    www.qld.gov.au/streetsmarts

    Social URLs:

    www.instagram.com/StreetSmartsQLD, www.youtube.com/StreetsSmartsQLD

    www.twitter.com/StreetSmartsQLD

    www.facebook.com/StreetSmartsQLD

    Social hashtags: #StreetSmartsQLD @StreetSmartsQLD

     

     

    ENDS

    Media contact: Toby Walker – 0439 347 875

     

     

    Seatbelt stats and facts:

     

    RESEARCH

    Survey of 3090 Queensland Drivers (March 2018):

    • 8% drive on a public road without wearing a seatbelt on at least 10% of trips
    • 5% do not wear a seatbelt on most or all trips
    • Twice as many males do not wear a seatbelt, compared to females (as a driver)
    • Incidence is highest for 25 to 39-year olds, followed by 18-24-year olds.

     

    CRASH STATS

    • Around one in four people killed in vehicles on Queensland roads still aren’t wearing seatbelts* (where restraint use was known)
    • More than two-thirds of unrestrained serious casualties were aged 39 or younger
    • Unrestrained serious casualties were more often male (67% male compared to 33% female), and usually the driver (58% were drivers compared to 42% passengers).

     

    INFRINGEMENTS

    • During the five year period 2013 – 2017, there were more than 65,000 seatbelt infringements at an average of over 13,000 per year.

     

    PENALTIES

    • The current penalty for not wearing a seatbelt is three demerit points and a fine of $391 applicable to the driver and passengers aged 16 years or older
    • The driver is responsible for ensuring that all passengers are wearing a seatbelt or are in an approved child restraint. Non-compliance can result in the driver being fined for each unrestrained passenger.