The Belt Up Weekend is a statewide initiative scheduled this year for Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20, 2012. The concept is embraced by the West Australian rural and regional football community and supported by the WA Country Football League.
This special weekend is conducted each year to educate and reinforce the importance of using seatbelts and to stop and reflect on those who have died on Western Australian roads because of their failure to wear seat belts.
All WACFL players involved in games on Belt Up weekend will wear red arm bands on their left bicep to symbolize those that have died on WA roads. Players will also line up for a 30 second silence before their matches.
The primary target audience for the important Belt Up message is regional males aged 17 to 39 years, however, it is extremely important to educate our ‘soon-to-be’ drivers on the values of road safety.
How Can I Help?
Road Safety Facts
Wearing a seat belt is one of easiest ways of protecting drivers and passengers when travelling in a vehicle. Every year about 40 people are killed in road crashes because they are not wearing a seat belt. Seat belts prevent vehicle occupants from being ejected from a vehicle, they reduce the time taken to come to a stop in a crash (hence reducing impact forces), spread the impact force over a greater area of the body and minimise contact of occupants with a vehicle’s interior.
Belt up! Wearing a seat belt can be a life or death decision – for both you and your passengers. If you are involved in a crash you may also have your compensation reduced if you have failed to take reasonable care for your own safety.
Taking a minute to ensure that all passengers are buckled up before you drive away could save you and your passengers’ lives. It could also save you a minimum $500 fine and four demerit points!