Seatbelts save lives and we want everybody wearing them: NZ authorities
24 April, 2018, 1:43 pm
THE New Zealand Transport Agency and New Zealand Police have welcomed the AA research report findings that identify those groups of people who are not wearing seatbelts.
And authorities have noted that while it is a habitual practice for most people to get into their car and put on their seatbelt, it also notes how this was not always the case for a small group of others.
National Manager Road Policing Superintendent Steve Greally said Police provided data for this research because it helped authorities to figure out who was in this “small group of people”.
“The next step is how to reach them. We know you’re 60 per cent more likely to survive a crash in the front seat if you’re wearing your seatbelt, 44 per cent more likely to survive in the back seat,” Superintendent Greally said.
“You wouldn’t jump out of a plane without a parachute. In a car crash, you don’t have time to hit pause and put your belt on.”
Transport Agency Director, Safety and Environment Harry Wilson also welcomed the research and said seat belts saved lives – “it’s that simple”.
“In a safe system, no one deserves to be killed or seriously injured because someone has made a mistake, but people also need to take responsibility for making good choices, including using proven life-saving features like seat belts,” Mr Wilson said.
“If you make a mistake on the road – or if someone else does – the simple, inescapable fact is that you are much more likely to be seriously injured or killed if you’re not wearing a seatbelt.
“Seatbelts support and protect you if you’re in a crash or when your vehicle stops suddenly.
“The force on safety belts can be as much as 20 times your weight – this is how hard you’d hit the inside of your vehicle without a seatbelt on.
“We’re looking forward to using this new research and working together and with our partner agencies on what we can do to reach the people who choose not to wear a seatbelt, to change their minds and create a new habit – buckling up every time they get in the car.”