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West Australia set for seatbelt crackdown

A new road safety campaign around the use of seatbelts is set to be joined by new safety cameras in West Australia

The West Australian government has launched its new ‘Just Click’ campaign through the Road Safety Commission with the target of raising awareness of the importance of wearing seatbelts.

The campaign comes ahead of the Road Safety Commission’s introduction of new safety cameras with the capability to detect and fine drivers and front seat passengers who are not wearing a seatbelt.

Trials of the safety cameras on WA roads detected over 11,000 cases of failure to wear a seatbelt in 2022/23.

The new campaign profiles first responders from WA Police, St John WA and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to provide a genuine, candid insight into the impact of not wearing seatbelts to those first on the crash scene.

In West Australia 20 per cent of road fatalities over the past five years were not wearing a seatbelt. Research states you are almost five times more likely to die in a crash if you are not wearing a seatbelt.

Road safety minister David Michael says he continues to be stunned by the figures of road users failing to wear a seatbelt.

“It continues to shock me that people are still not putting on their seatbelt – it should be automatic,” Michael says.

“Last year 23 people died on our roads not wearing a seatbelt. Many of those people are likely to be alive today if they had only taken the time to ‘just click’ on the belt.”

He believes the new road safety camera are likely to be a game-changer in the space.

“I look forward to the implementation of the new safety cameras because we know deterrence works. If people think they might be caught doing the wrong thing they change their behaviour.

“That will save lives.”

“There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to changing road safety attitudes and behaviour, which is why I am pleased to deliver both education and enforcement initiatives.”

DFES first responder Carla is featured in the new campaign saying, “I see things no one should have to see”.

18 of the 23 road deaths encountered where a seatbelt was not worn occurred in the state’s regional areas.

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