DON’T let you or your family be a statistic this weekend.
WA Police concern about the number of unrestrained children in cars said they will target road safety as during the long weekend and school holidays.
Double demerits started on Friday morning.
The Liberal National Government released statistics this week showing 1902 people had been fined in one year for having children in their cars without a seatbelt on.
Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said there was no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt or ensuring children were correctly restrained.
“The heartache of road trauma is nearly always avoidable and the simple act of putting on your seatbelt every time you get in your car is a habit that could save your life,” she said.
Mrs Harvey said last year 31 of the 119 motor vehicle occupants killed on Western Australian roads were not wearing a seatbelt.
She said the driver of a vehicle was responsible for ensuring their passengers were properly restrained in their vehicles and there were significant fines if they were not.
“You are 10 times more likely to be killed in a road crash if you’re not wearing a seatbelt in a car and that should be motivation enough to put your seatbelt on.
“If you are hitting the road these school holidays with the family, I urge all parents to ensure everyone has properly secured their seatbelt before you even start the engine.”