Support for Belt Up message kicks in
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.