12 March 2018

Belt up below the bump

This brief article from Queensland Health reports on the results of a survey of pregnant women. Participants were asked about wearing a seatbelt. Forty-two percent of the women held the false belief that wearing a seat belt could cause harm to them or their baby if they were involved in an accident. In reality, the risk of injury to a mother or child increases exponentially with every kilometre per hour increase in speed, if the mother is not wearing a properly fitted three point seatbelt restraint. The article described how to fit a seatbelt properly which is also being addressed in a public campaign. The article provides a link to the campaign materials.