BUCKLE UP: Queensland government is telling Biloela motorists to belt up for Christmas.
BUCKLE UP: Queensland government is telling Biloela motorists to belt up for Christmas. Tomwang112

Buckle up for Christmas holiday safety

ONE of the best presents Banana Shire residents can give to their loved ones was themselves, with the message to buckle up drive safely.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said a recent increase in crashes involving people not wearing seatbelts prompted a renewed call on seatbelts.

"Shockingly, on average, about one in four people killed in vehicles on Queensland roads aren't wearing seatbelts,” Mr Bailey said.

"The campaign, All the Want For Christmas Is You, will directly target those people.”

The safety campaign will run statewide on radio, billboards and social media until late December.

Mr Bailey said a second phase to the seatbelt campaign will launch in February 2019 with a different key message.

"This campaign will be the first under the new 'StreetSmarts QLD' road safety banner, encouraging Queenslanders to use their Street Smarts to be a better road user when on or around the road,” he said.

The current penalties for not wearing a seatbelt is three demerit points and a fine of $391 applicable to the driver and passengers aged 16 years or older.

The driver is responsible for ensuring that 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 passenger.


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