Seatbelts

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It  powerfully shows the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

Research shows 95% of Tasmanian drivers and passengers wear a seatbelt but in the past five years  83 serious casualties were not wearing a seatbelt.

Seatbelts work by:

  • Reducing the time it takes to stop on impact
  • Spreading the impact force over a greater area of the body
  • Minimising contact with the interior of the vehicle and with other occupants
  • Preventing being thrown from the vehicle.

Most injuries to drivers and passengers are caused by contact with the steering wheel, dashboard, windscreen and the sides and roof of the vehicle. Lap and shoulder belts prevent severe injury in the majority of crashes.

Driving without a seatbelt has been illegal since 1971.  The penalty for not wearing a seatbelt is a $300 on the spot fine and drivers lose three demerit points.

It is important to check the condition of your seatbelts regularly.  Make sure:

  • Belts are not twisted, frayed or cut
  • Buckles engage and release properly
  • Retractors work well – the seatbelt should pull out smoothly and be fully retracted when not in use
  • The belt fits the body without any slack.

Child restraints

Correctly fitted and properly adjusted child restraints protect children from birth to 12.

Children must be fitted in a restraint suited to their size and weight and it must comply with Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754. It is also important to ensure the restraint is correctly fitted to the car.  Always wait until your child has outgrown their current restraint before changing to the next size and remember that the safest seating position for children is the rear seat of the car.