All people in vehicles are required to wear a seatbelt, except for delivery drivers and taxi drivers.
All people in vehicles are required to wear a seatbelt, except for delivery drivers and taxi drivers. Gympie Times

Clicking it on: Police stunned drivers not wearing seatbelts

ONCE upon a time seatbelts were optional and babies sat on their mother's laps while the family went on holidays in their Kingswood wagon.  

Ahh the '70s.  

There are many things we all miss- cheap petrol, carefree childhoods and Abba on the radio. 

But the attitude of not wearing your seatbelt is long gone...or is it?  

Sunshine Coast police have revealed 779 people were fined last year for not wearing a seatbelt - two people a day.   

In this week's Road Rules Rumours column Acting Sergeant Mark Johnston discusses the rules surrounding wearing a seatbelt.   

BUSTING THE MYTHS

The Queensland Police Service says drivers are 10 times more likely to be killed in a road crash if they are not wearing a seatbelt.  

"It would be safe to say that every driver and every adult passenger of a motor vehicle would be aware that seatbelts must be worn when they travelling on the road," Acting Sgt Johnston said.   

"It has been proven that seatbelts save lives and serious injury if the vehicle is involved in a crash, however each year, police on the Sunshine Coast are still fining drivers and passengers for not wearing a seatbelt or having the seatbelt incorrectly fitted.   

"Numerous fatalities have occurred on the Coast as a direct result of not wearing seatbelts."  

Should delivery drivers have to wear a seatbelt?

This poll ended on 30 June 2015.

Current Results

No, it's impractical

14%

Yes, same rule for everyone, they're still in a car

73%

I had no idea they didn't have to, doesn't bother me

12%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The fine for failing to wear a seatbelt is $341 and three demerit points.   

A driver can also be issued the same fine for failing to ensure their passenger is wearing a seatbelt. 

Not  only should seatbelts be worn while the car is moving forward, but they need to be fitted correctly.   

Wearing a seatbelt under the arm is deemed to be incorrectly fitted and adjusted and the same penalty applies as if the person were not wearing the seatbelt at all.     

But there are some seatbelt exceptions.   

A driver who is engaged in door-to-door deliver or collection of goods, waste or garbage and that person is required to get in or out of the vehicle at frequent intervals does not need to wear a seatbelt.  

The vehicle must not be travelling at more than 25kmh.   T

axi drivers are exempt from wearing a seatbelt while they are carrying one or more passengers.  

Not  only should seatbelts be worn while the car is moving forward, but they need to be fitted correctly.   

Wearing a seatbelt under the arm is deemed to be incorrectly fitted and adjusted and the same penalty applies as if the person were not wearing the seatbelt at all.     



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