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Busselton s belting up bucks trend
Busselton police’s Senior Constable Shane Larsen

Busselton police figures reveal the region’s motorists are bucking a statewide trend, with seatbelt compliance rates on the increase.

The Office of Road Safety’s latest quarterly survey of motorists’ behaviour revealed 4 per cent admitted they did not always wear a seatbelt, an increase from 3 per cent in previous surveys.

Figures obtained by the Times showed a 54 per cent decrease in the number of seatbelt infringements issued by Busselton police.

Only 51 infringements have been issued this financial year, compared to 111 in the previous year.

Busselton Senior Sergeant Steve Principe said it was disturbing people would still take the risk.

He said he was pleased at the increasing compliance rates in Busselton, however police would continue to target restraints as part of their regular operations.

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