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That is the key message of the North West Road Safety Alliance (NWRSA) which has brought together key agencies working towards safer roads in Queensland since 2002. The core members are Queensland Police Service, Mount Isa Safe Community, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Mount Isa City Council, Mount Isa TAFE, Xstrata and other agencies as required.
Group spokeswoman, transport services manager Catherine White said the key achievements of the group had been the Buckle up budda, buckle up sista campaign, which still continues after being introduced in 2005.
'This campaign is aimed at Indigenous people at high risk of not wearing seatbelts,' says Ms White. 'Statistics show injuries in a significant number of crashes in the north west result from people not wearing seat belts.'
Ms White said road safety continued to be one of the nation's most serious public issues. 'It affects everyone, whether you drive, walk or cycle.'
Source: The North West Star