In its second year, the Belt Up Round promotes the importance of wearing a seat belt on WA roads.

On behalf of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, Rob Pike will share his personal crash story with players and their families at the conclusion of the Perth and Wanneroo match at the WACA Ground on Sunday 31 January.

At just the age of 17, Mr Pike was the sole survivor of a serious car crash which claimed the lives of three of his closest friends.

Mr Pike’s back was broken, and he lost both his legs.

Now a road safety advocate and motivational speaker, Pike is using his story and the message “it can happen to anyone” to turn a horrible situation into a positive one by encouraging people to make good decisions in life.

Commission Secretary at the Insurance Commission Kane Blackman said;

“The Premier Cricket Belt Up Round and our community cricket initiatives, which include funding for helmets and independence-enabling equipment, provide a great opportunity to share the Belt Up message with the WA cricketing community.

“We’re delighted to partner with the WACA and we wish all the teams participating in the Belt Up Round the best of luck. Stay safe on the pitch and on the road.”

ABOUT BELT UP:

  • The Belt Up campaign promotes wearing seat belts on WA roads to help reduce the severity of injury in a crash.
  • Last year, 95 people were killed or seriously injured on WA roads while not wearing a seatbelt. That is eight cricket teams.
  • Belt Up partners with community sport to promote this important road safety message. The WACA joins the West Australian Country Football League (Australian football), Netball WA, Rugby WA and Football West (soccer) as a Belt Up partner.
  • Cricket’s high participation rates and regional presence make it an important conduit for the Belt Up message, especially due to the high rates of crashes in country areas.
  • Last year, the Insurance Commission paid out around $450 million to people injured in crashes.
  • Wearing a seat belt can avoid or reduce the severity of an injury. This can reduce the cost of a motor injury insurance claim and the resultant upward pressure on motorists’ insurance premiums.