Did you know?
- Drivers and passengers are around nine times more likely to be killed in a road crash if they are not wearing a seatbelt .
- The latest research shows 5% of Queenslanders drive on our public roads without wearing a seatbelt.
- Children aged up to seven years must use a child restraint suitable for their age.
- The driver of a vehicle is responsible for the proper restraint of all passengers.
- The penalty in Queensland for not wearing a seatbelt is $1078 and 4 demerit points for drivers and passengers aged 16 years or older.
Survive the unexpected
Wearing a seatbelt significantly improves your chances of surviving a crash. Yet almost one in ten Queenslanders still admit to not always wearing one. No-one plans on having a crash – they are unexpected, and sadly happen to everyday people, every day.
The simple action of putting on a seatbelt before you start your journey, no matter or long or short, or how familiar the road is, could literally be the difference between life and death. Wearing a seatbelt halves your risk of dying or being seriously injured in a crash.
It can also save you a lot of money.
Fines for drivers and passengers
The penalty in Queensland for not wearing a seatbelt is $1078 and 4 demerit points for drivers and passengers aged 16 years or older.
Drivers can also be fined over $1078 and 4 points for each and every passenger in their vehicle not wearing their seatbelt or approved child restraint, regardless of the passengers’ age.
Double demerit points also apply for some repeat offences.
So before you start any journey, make sure everyone in the car is buckled up.