Queenslanders dying because they won't buckle up

A report has shown that 33 Queenslanders who died on our roads in 2011 were not wearing seat belts.
A report has shown that 33 Queenslanders who died on our roads in 2011 were not wearing seat belts. Valerie Horton

THE state's peak motoring body has urged motorists to buckle up in the wake of alarming statistics released by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

RACQ Senior Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker said the Fatal Road Crashes in Queensland 2011 Report revealed 33 Queenslanders died on the state's roads last year after failing to wear a seat belt.

"It's been 40 years since seat belts became mandatory in Queensland and it's hard to comprehend why so many motorists still aren't buckling up," Mr Tucker said.

"It's such a simple thing to do, which clearly can be the difference between life and death.

"Research shows using a seat belt can reduce the risk of death in a crash by at least 40 percent."

The report also examined the major causes of road fatalities last year with illegal manoeuvres, such as crossing double lines to overtake, the number one contributing factor that resulted in 66 deaths.

Drink driving contributed to more than 20% of fatalities and speeding contributed to almost 18%.

A total of 269 people died on Queensland roads in 2011.

"Any death on Queensland roads is a tragedy, but we are starting to see improvement for some factors, with drink driving and speeding contributing to less crashes last year than the previous five-year average," Mr Tucker said.

"Motorists need to take greater responsibility for their actions on the roads, to keep not just themselves safe but other road users safe as well."

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