Sup­port for Belt Up mes­sage kicks in

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Round six of the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League com­pe­ti­tion took the op­por­tu­nity to send a cau­tion­ary mes­sage about the im­por­tance of road safety to teams and their fans, along with good foot­ball.

Last week­end coun­try foot­ball leagues in WA took part in the In­sur­ance Com­mis­sion of WA’s Belt Up cam­paign, which aims to re­mind peo­ple to wear seat­belts.

All league foot­balls and player uni­forms dis­played the Belt Up logo dur­ing their round six games, and peo­ple at the grounds took a minute to re­mem­ber those who have lost their lives on coun­try roads.

WACFL gen­eral man­ager Joe Ge­or­giades said foot­ball had the abil­ity to get the Belt Up mes­sage out to the very com­mu­ni­ties most af­fected by a lack of safe road prac­tices.

“The In­sur­ance Com­mis­sion of Western Aus­tralia is our largest sup­porter, which re­flects foot­ball’s wide-reach­ing abil­ity to help re­duce the num­ber and sever­ity of per­sonal in­juries from crashes on coun­try roads,” he said.

“Ev­ery year we hear of play­ers who are in­jured or lose their lives on coun­try roads and the dev­as­ta­tion this causes... is sig­nif­i­cant.”

Each year about 40 West Australians die in road crashes be­cause of fail­ure to wear a seat­belt.

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