Queensland cracks down on seatbelt safety

The Queensland government is cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seatbelts, as part of an ongoing road safety public education campaign and enforcement blitz.

Police minister Jack Dempsey says that police in the Sunshine State will be out in force from February 25, patrolling for any drivers or passengers who are not wearing seatbelts while out on the roads.

"If you are involved in a crash, the simple fact is that without a seatbelt to hold your body back, your internal organs continue travelling forwards with greater force and can do more damage," said Mr Dempsey in a statement released February 25.

"In the past five years, an average of 33 people have died each year when not wearing their seatbelt, and this is simply too many deaths that may well have been avoided by one simple action - buckling up."

On top of the crackdown, the government will also be launching a television and radio public awareness campaign which will feature graphic images of the potential injuries that can be caused by failing to wear a seatbelt.

Transport and main roads minister Scott Emerson says that more than a fifth of Queensland motorists who lost their lives in an accident in 2012 were not wearing seatbelts.

"It should be second nature, but the message is simply not getting through to some people," said Mr Emerson.

Any Queensland driver caught not wearing a seatbelt, or driving with a passenger who is not wearing a seatbelt, risks a fine of $330 and three demerit points for each person in the vehicle who is not properly restrained.

If you are a fleet manager concerned about driver safety, it may be worthwhile reminding your drivers about the importance of ensuring they and any other person in their vehicle is properly wearing a seatbelt at all times.

Strong driver education, alongside regular fleet maintenance, is one of the best ways to keep your employees safe on the roads, so the value of taking such a simple step should not be underestimated.