The fatal seatbelt mistake
The shocking statistics about seatbelts and the road toll.
As the first place in the world to make seatbelt use compulsory, it might come as a surprise to learn that Victorians are still dying on our roads without belting up.
In five of the past 10 years, more than 20 per cent of the drivers and passengers killed on Victorian roads were not wearing seatbelts.
Last year the figure was 14 per cent, accounting for 18 of the state’s 131 motor vehicle occupant fatalities. All were male, two-thirds were killed in single-vehicle crashes, and 83 per cent of them were killed on rural roads.
It’s a familiar pattern in New Zealand, where about 90 people die every year because they’re not wearing a seatbelt, most of them young males.
The NZ Transport Agency is targeting this cohort through a hard-hitting road trauma campaign that recreates the injuries sustained by crash survivors using special effects make-up.
The Belted Survivors campaign features portraits of the young men showing wounds based on their post-crash photos, including deep cuts, black eyes and broken limbs. They have one mark in common – diagonal welts from the seatbelts that saved their lives.
New Zealand road crash survivor Kahutia Foster.
Rick Haira’s seltbelt saved his life when his ute was clipped by a train.
Dan Mason was hit by a drunk driver.