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Seat-belt use hits record number in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A new report is saying a record 97 percent of Alabamians chose to buckle up in 2013. This report comes as the 2014 "Click it or Ticket" safety belt enforcement campaign begins.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the state's seat belt use is up 7 points from the 90 percent rate in 2012. The new data is a part of the NHTSA's annual National Occupancy Protection Use Survey, puts Alabama third in the nation behind Oregon and California.

The seat belt rate is measured using observational survey's conducted in Alabama as a part of the 2013 "Click it or Ticket" campaign. Each year during the Memorial Day holiday, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs provides grant funding to local law enforcement agencies to conduct checkpoints and place extra patrols in areas where a high number of crashes occur.

"While we're happy about these 2013 numbers, it is vital that every vehicle occupant continue to buckle up and stay safe on our roads," Byard said. "The extra patrols and increased visibility of law enforcement officers serve to remind motorists that seat belts and safe driving are especially critical during major holidays."

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