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Seat Belts

In 2009 the Maroussia Association Ltd partnered with other heavy vehicle industry associations including , , the and with the Queensland Government to address the serious issue of wearing seatbelts in heavy vehicles to improve the chances of drivers surviving a crash.

In 2009 the Heavy Vehicle Industry Associations and the Queensland Government launched the 'One Click Could Change Your Future' campaign to show the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt in a heavy vehicle. The campaign used a compelling image of a seatbelt as a spine in an X-Ray image, providing a strong reason for heavy vehicle drivers to wear a seatbelt and provided drivers, the industry and the community with Myths and Misconceptions of wearing a seatbelt (see below).



SEATBELT MYTHS and MISCONCEPTIONS

Myth 1: Seatbelts aren't safe in trucks -> False

Heavy vehicle drivers who are not wearing a seatbelt are six times more likely to die in the event of a crash

Myth 2: Seatbelts can trap you in a rollover -> False

    • Without a seatbelt you have a greater chance of being knocked unconscious, making it impossible to get yourself out. Besides, you'll suffer more severe injuries and possibly death if you're flung from the vehicle
Myth 3: Using a seatbelt is a personal choice -> False
Wearing a seatbelt is the law. Failure to do so could mean a $300 fine and 3 demerit points

Myth 4: I am the only person affected by my decision not to wear a seatbelt -> False

> Your death or serious injury will affect friends and family. Wearing a seatbelt can also help you control your truck and avoid collisions, making the roads safer for everyone

Myth 5: Seatbelts are inconvenient -> False

> It takes 3 seconds to put on a seatbelt. Even if you do it 20 times a day, it only takes one minute. Isn't your life worth one minute?

Myth 6: Seatbelts are uncomfortable -> False

> Seatbelt design regulations have been improved to make seatbelts more comfortable in trucks. A properly adjusted seatbelt should be comfortable and not limit movement or restrict vision

Myth 7: Seatbelts are not needed in trucks -> False

> Seatbelts are mandatory in all heavy vehicles and your employer must provide a safe work environment under Workplace Health & Safety and Chain of Responsibility obligations

Myth 8: Professional truck drivers don't need seatbelts -> False

> Professional drivers take safety seriously. No matter how many years you have been driving, you can still become involved in a crash. Responsible drivers wear seatbelts




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