SEATBELTS: SAVING LIVES FOR 40 YEARS
Hello again readers and welcome to the last in this little weekly series where Queesland Police (pictured, constable Steve Hamilton of Mossman police station) pulled apart each of The Fatal Five contributing factors to serious traffic crashes, and had a look at each of them in a bit more detail. This week they’ll have a look at the last, but by no means least of the Fatal 5 — seatbelts. Our road toll for 2015 was 243 fatalities which was up 20 deaths on the 2014. But if you look back a few decades you’ll see that we were doing much worse. Would you believe that in 1973 we lost 638 victims to road trauma? It beggars belief. Whilst the welcome reduction in road fatalities over the past 40 or so years has been achieved through a multi-faceted approach to the problem both here and overseas, it is interesting to note that the advent of compulsory seat belt use has seen the road toll steadily decline since the seventies. A seat belt that is correctly adjusted and worn can certainly be a lifesaver. The idea behind seat belts is to contain you in your seat and prevent you from continuing to move forward when your vehicle stops suddenly as a result of a collision. The belt also assists in spreading the force of impact across your chest and pelvis, areas which are considered to be the stronger parts of your body.