Football West’s Belt Up ball presentations are currently taking place with amateur clubs this year receiving branded footballs as part of the Insurance Commission of WA’s road safety initiative.
Local MLA’s have also thrown their support behind the message, with the likes of Transport Minister Rita Saffioti helping with the presentations and urging drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts.
ICWA Deputy Chief Executive Rick Howe and Football West CEO James Curtis
In 2017 alone, 71 people who were not wearing a seat belt were killed or seriously injured on WA roads, more than double the annual average.
ICWA Deputy Chief Executive Rick Howe said: “We urge people to heed the message. It takes no time at all to put on a seatbelt and they save lives. It’s incredible that people are willing to take such a risk.”
Robyn Clarke MLA with Murray District Rangers
Clubs to have so far received their match balls include Alexander Florina, Baldivis Districts, Carramar, Kingsley, La Fiamma, Murray District Rangers and Peel United.