While seatbelt wearing rates in Australia are among the highest in the world, over the past ten years approximately 40% of fatalities and 10% of serious injuries in the Territory involved people who were not wearing a seatbelt.
Seatbelts and child restraints do not prevent crashes but they increase the chance of surviving a crash by up to 50%. A correctly fitted and used child car restraint that is appropriate for the child’s age and size, can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury or death.
In the event of a crash seatbelts:
- prevent ejection from vehicle
- decrease the time it takes for an occupant to come to a stop
- spread the impact force over a greater area of the body
- minimise contact with the interior of the vehicle.
In 2016, 13 of the 35 fatalities involving drivers or passengers on Territory roads, involved people not wearing a seatbelt. The simple task of buckling up may have saved half of these lives.
Groups more likely to not wear a seatbelt include:
- intoxicated drivers and passengers
- young people aged 15-24 years
- people living in rural and remote areas
- children aged 0-14 if the driver is also not wearing a seatbelt.
Fatalities attributed to not wearing seatbelts mostly occur on roads with higher speed limits in rural and remote areas.
- targeted police enforcement campaigns
- school and community education programs
- MACC urban and rural/remote seatbelt community awareness campaigns
- MACC partnership with Kidsafe to build capability in remote areas to fit child restraints
- MACC partnership with the Michael Long Leadership and Learning Centre Program focussing on seatbelt education for Aboriginal youth
- working with community and health organisations to promote the use of child restraints
- MACC child restraint pilot program in Borroloola, to educate and increase use of child restraints
- support for regional and remote passenger transport services, to provide an alternative to travelling in overcrowded vehicles.
What you can do
- always wear a seatbelt and make sure all children are in a correctly fitted child restraint
- if you are driving, make sure everyone in your vehicle is wearing a seatbelt.
Relevant Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2022 actions
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- Always wear your seatbelt poster
- Child restraints frequently asked questions
- Restraints activity sheet