Deputy commissioner Ross Barnett, Police Minister Jack Dempsey and acting assistant commissioner Michael Keating, speaking to uniform police.
Deputy commissioner Ross Barnett, Police Minister Jack Dempsey and acting assistant commissioner Michael Keating, speaking to uniform police. Rae Wilson

Police frustrated with those refusing to buckle up

NOT wearing a seatbelt is akin to disabling a car's airbags, one of Queensland's top cops has warned as police brace themselves for a school holiday blitz.

Deputy commissioner Ross Barnett said the state's road toll had reached 200, seven more than this time last year.

He said there would be extra police on the roads to deter dangerous and thoughtless driving, including speed camera use, random breath testing, drug testing and other organised traffic operations.

"One particular frustration for us is the number of fatals that continue to happen with people who are not wearing a seatbelt," he said.

"We're staggered that people in this day and age don't take the decision to put on their seatbelt knowing that in the event of a serious accident, it's probably the one thing that's going to save their life.

"It's akin to making a decision to disable the airbags in your car when you get in because that is the risk you are taking.

"Other issues like speeding and drink-driving have the potential to kill and injure other people.

"But the decision to put your own seatbelt on could preserve your own life.

"Seatbelt enforcement across the state would tell you it's not restricted to one particular area but it is a feature of a number of crashes in regional and remote areas, probably more so than the city."

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said an average 30 Queenslanders died every year from making a conscious choice not to wear a seatbelt.

He said greater enforcement coupled with education and people driving to the road conditions would hopefully keep the road toll down over the school holidays when so many more motorists were on the road with their families.

"You will see police right across the length and breadth of Queensland enforcing the traffic rules and regulations, particularly in relation to the fatal five," he said.



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