SEATBELTS: SAV­ING LIVES FOR 40 YEARS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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