Blackbelt safety warning | Poll

The Highway Patrol will be clamping down on people throughout the region for not wearing seatbelts in vehicles.

Senior Constable Collier.

Senior Constable Collier.

Police have confirmed a seatbelt operation called Operation Blackbelt will take place soon but have not given a date.

The police want everyone in Nyngan, Cobar, Bourke and Warren to “clip every trip.”

“We’ll be looking for all offences, like mobile phone use and speeding, but we’re targeting seatbelts,” Organiser Senior Constable Marley-Jo Collier said. 

“We see people around town not wearing seatbelts and it’s getting worse than what it has been.”

She said the majority of serious accidents are caused by not wearing a seatbelt.

“A lot of road trauma has been as a result of not wearing a seatbelt. In a lot of fatal accidents the person is not wearing a seatbelt. I think it’s common sense,” she said. 

Senior Constable Collier said there will be a bigger highway patrol presence in Nyngan, Cobar, Bourke and Warren. 

In a lot of fatal accidents the person is not wearing a seatbelt.

Senior Constable Collier

“Make sure you ‘clip every trip’,” she said.

A driver not wearing a seatbelt can be fined $325 and lose three demerit points. A passenger can be fined $325. A driver can be fined and lose points if a passenger is not wearing a seatbelt.