Drivers are 10 times more likely to die in a car crash if they do not wear a seatbelt.
Drivers are 10 times more likely to die in a car crash if they do not wear a seatbelt. Contributed

Clarence gets unbuckled to the tune of $65,000

Clarence Valley drivers are still not getting the message that seatbelts save lives and breaking the law hurts their hip pockets.

Infringement figures for 2015-16 show there were 204 seatbelt fines issued last financial year across the region.

It was an increase drop of five infringement notices on 2014-15, bringing brought in $65,394 in revenue for the NSW Government.

Officers with the Coffs-Clarence Highway Patrol were most prolific in their crackdown on seatbelt offences, totting up more than 90% of the region's fines to pull in $60,290.

The Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command was next with $1914 in fines - up from $1866 the previous year - followed by the Yamba policing sector's $1595 seatbelt payday.

The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety says drivers and passengers are 10 times more likely to be killed in a road crash if they do not wear a seatbelt.

The NSW Centre for Road Safety has been running its Clip Every Trip campaign since 2011 in an effort to get more drivers buckling up - especially men aged 30-55 in rural and regional areas, who are vastly over-represented in the road toll.

"From 2007 to 2011, there were 184 people killed in NSW who were not wearing their seatbelt,” a spokesman said.

"At least one in five drivers killed on country roads over this period was not wearing a seatbelt.

"Crash data analysis for a five-year period shows that 79% of unrestrained occupant fatalities occurred on country roads.

"Of these fatalities, 77% were drivers and 83% were males.”

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