Buckle up for hol­i­day safety

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

ONE of the best presents Ba­nana Shire res­i­dents can give to their loved ones was them­selves, with the mes­sage to buckle up drive safely.

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

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

“The cam­paign, All the Want For Christ­mas Is You, will di­rectly tar­get those peo­ple.”

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

Mr Bai­ley said a sec­ond phase to the seat­belt cam­paign will 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 cur­rent penal­ties for not wear­ing a seat­belt is three de­merit points and a fine of $391.

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