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Operation Belt Up – results

27 Mar 2018 12:29pm

About 30 drivers a day were pulled over by police during Operation Belt Up after failing to use the simple safety device installed in every vehicle.

SA Police conducted the state-wide seatbelt campaign from 12.01am on Saturday 17 March until midnight on Sunday 25 March.

During the nine days 263 motorists were spoken to by police, with 136 issued with expiation notices, 126 cautioned and one reported (in conjunction with other offences).

Offending motorists were detected in every Local Service Area across the state.

Superintendent Robert Gray, the officer in charge of SAPOL Traffic Support Branch, said it was frustrating for police to see motorists not using this simple piece of safety equipment.

“Last year 19 people who were killed in crashes were not wearing a seatbelt, and another two have died this year,” he said.

“That is a tragic loss of life, which has consequences for their families, friends, colleagues, emergency services and the wider community.

“Police will unapologetically continue to enforce seatbelt use over the Easter long weekend as one of the ‘Fatal Five’ factors that contribute to our road toll.

“So today I simply ask the public to belt up and to make sure everyone in their vehicle is safely secured for the benefit of everyone on our roads.”

Seatbelt offences:

Driver fail to wear seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened $355 (plus $60 Victims of Crime levy) and three demerit points

Passenger 16 years or older:

* Fail to wear seat belt

* Occupy same position as another passenger

* Occupy position not fitted with seatbelt

$355 (plus $60 Victims of Crime levy) and three demerit points

Driver fail to ensure passengers 16 years or older are wearing seatbelt and seated in accordance with rule (see above)

* One such passenger $355 (plus $60 Victims of Crime levy) and three demerit points

* More than one such passenger $419 (plus $60 Victims of Crime levy) and five demerit points

Driver fail to ensure passengers under 16 years are wearing seatbelt or approved child restraint and are seated in accordance with rule

* One such passenger $355 (plus $60 Victims of Crime levy) and three demerit points

* More than one such passenger $419 (plus $60 Victims of Crime levy) and five demerit points