Lack of seatbelt wearing stuns Tas coroner

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A Tasmanian coroner says it is astonishing people are still being killed in car crashes without wearing a seatbelt despite state laws being in place for about half a century.

Dean Moses Rapana died at remote King Island in July 2021 when the car his partner was driving left the road, skidded and hit an embankment.

Mr Rapana wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was thrown around the cabin, coroner Simon Cooper ruled in findings published on Tuesday.

Mr Rapana's partner was driving with a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit.

Mr Cooper said there were no defects with the car and the front seatbelts were fully operational.

"The wearing of seatbelts in vehicles in Tasmania became mandatory approximately 50 years ago," he wrote.

"It is little short of astonishing that people still die in motor vehicle crashes in this state as a result of injuries which would have been prevented had they been wearing seatbelts."

A recently published coroner's report found an elderly woman who died in a single vehicle crash at Strahan in the state's west in September 2021 wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

Tasmania's road toll for the year at the end of June was 30, more than double the figure at the same point in 2021.