Time to belt up or you could be fined

Police target travellers in Operation Belt Up

Not wearing a seatbelt could mean the difference between life and death - that is why this weekend, SA Police are targeting people who are not belting up.

This year eight lives have been lost on the State's roads which have involved a person not wearing a seatbelt, and results for the past five years have shown 71 people, or 16pc of road deaths, were in the same situation.

SAPOL Traffic Services Branch Officer in Charge Superintendent Bob Gray said police were disappointed that travellers made the active decision not to wear a seatbelt.

"Vehicle occupants are 10 times more likely to be killed in a crash if they're not wearing a seatbelt," he said.

"Travelling a short distance, being close to home, time of day and light traffic conditions are amongst the reasons cited for choosing not to wear a seatbelt but none of these justify the decision to risk lives on our roads."

Superintendent Gray said Operation Belt Up, a three-day operation, will target road users in regional areas as well as in the city.

"Research shows that regional drivers are more likely to choose not to wear a seatbelt when they are transitioning from a private property to a public road," he said.

"With nearly 70pc of South Australian road deaths occurring in rural areas, choosing not to secure a seatbelt before leaving a rural residential property significantly increases the risk of injury and death to drivers and passengers in regional areas."

Operation Belt Up will begin at 12.01am, on Saturday, August 1, and finish at 11.59pm on Monday August 3.