The Australian state of Victoria was the first jurisdiction in the world to make the use of car seatbelts compulsory in 1970. It claims that thousands of lives have been saved as a result. In the year after the legislation’s introduction, roads deaths in the state fell by 13% to 923.
Similar rules were introduced across Australia within two years—and have since been adopted widely by governments everywhere. International research now shows that seatbelts reduce the risk of death or serious injury to the driver and any passengers in a crash by up to 50%.