Buckle up these hol­i­days

Western Times - - NEWS -

QUEENSLANDERS can give the best pos­si­ble gift this Christ­mas to their friends and loved ones – them­selves, with the mes­sage to buckle up and drive safely.

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

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

“This trend in­creased for the first six months of this year to about 30 per cent.”

Mr Bai­ley said, decades af­ter laws were changed to make seat­belts manda­tory, peo­ple still needed to be re­minded about the im­por­tance of seat­belts.

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

“If you crash without a seat­belt, you’ll be far more likely to be killed than in­jured,” he said. “Seat belts im­prove the chances of sur­viv­ing a crash by 200 per cent.

“That chance you take will def­i­nitely af­fect other peo­ple – peo­ple you love and want to be there for, es­pe­cially at Christ­mas,” Mr Bai­ley said.

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

It is the first out­come from the Seat­belts: Let’s make it Click fo­rum, held in Townsville in Au­gust as part of Queens­land Road Safety Week.

A sec­ond phase of the seat­belts cam­paign would launch in Fe­bru­ary 2019.

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