South Australian police target seatbelt misuse with Operation Belt Up

BUCKLE UP: South Australian Police are encouraging seat belt use with Operation Belt Up. Photo: file.
BUCKLE UP: South Australian Police are encouraging seat belt use with Operation Belt Up. Photo: file.

South Australian Police are encouraging the use of seatbelts, with Operation Belt Up running from Monday, September 9 until midnight Wednesday, September 11.

Operation Belt Up was launched to focus on drivers and passengers who fail to wear seatbelts while driving.

Superintendent Robert Gray is the officer in charge of the Traffic Support Branch and says drivers and passengers should be wearing seatbelts during every trip.

"Not wearing a seatbelt as a driver or a passenger puts your life at risk, it's a simple as that," Mr Gray said.

Failure to wear a seatbelt is one of the leading causes of death and serious injury for motor vehicle collisions in Australia.

Passengers are ten times more likely to be killed in a crash without a seatbelt.

In 2019, South Australian Police have attributed 11 fatalities (14 per cent) of road casualties to not wearing a seatbelt.

Children are also at risk when it comes to seatbelts.

"There's also concern for children who aren't being properly restrained in a vehicle, with some parents and guardians prematurely moving them to a seatbelt when it's not appropriate for their size," Mr Gray said.

"A child that is properly secured is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than a child who isn't.

"While we want to educate drivers about seatbelts and restraints, we also will not tolerate the misuse of them during this operation, or during any other day."

A similar operation ran in July 2019, where police recorded more than 60 detections.