Belt up or drivers face three demerit points and $391 fine
THE Queensland Government has launched a 'Tighten your Belt' multi-media road safety campaign to remind Biloela motorists of the steep cost of not wearing a seatbelt.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said with fines of $391 and the potential loss of licence, the penalties were high for drivers and passengers who didn't buckle up.
"One in four people killed on Queensland roads aren't wearing a seatbelt. It's deadly and the penalties for not belting up reflect that,” Mr Bailey said.
"The responsibility for ensuring their passengers are buckled up sits with the driver, and that's the message we're driving home with the Tighten your Belt campaign.
The statewide campaign started this week using a mix of reminders including billboards, petrol bowser messages, radio and social media to remind motorists to buckle up.
Queensland Police Service Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating of Road Policing command said 13,000 infringements were issued in Queensland every year for seatbelt offences.
The penalty for not wearing a seatbelt is three demerit points and a fine of $391 for the driver and passengers aged 16 or older.
The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers are wearing a seatbelt or are in an approved child restraint. Non-compliance can result in the driver being fined for each unrestrained driver.