PUT yours on and make sure they do too.
That’s the message from police as Victoria marks the 45th anniversary of the introduction of mandatory seatbelt laws.
One in every seven people killed on regional roads last year were not wearing a seatbelt.
Road Policing Command Superintendent Michael Grainger said it’s a tragedy to see so many deaths that could have been prevented.
“Twenty-one people were killed not wearing a seatbelt in 2013 and 14 were killed last year,” he said.
“While the numbers have gone down the ratio of people killed not wearing a seatbelt has remained the same, which is a real concern.
“We know country Victorians are three times more likely to be killed on the road than those living in metropolitan areas and we also know that the majority of people killed on country roads are locals.
“We need the community to do all it can to help reduce this trend which is why I appeal for all drivers to remember to buckle up and make sure their passengers do the same.
“Seatbelts take two seconds to put on and halve the risk of serious injury and death.”
Drivers caught not using a seatbelt or with passengers not using a seatbelt face a $295 fine and three demerit points.
Passengers over the age of 16 can also be fined $295 if caught not using a seatbelt.
“We don’t want to fine people for not wearing a seatbelt but even more so, we don’t want to go to a crash where someone wasn’t wearing one,” Mr Grainger said.
“Save yourself the fine and buckle up, it could save your life.”