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Quarter of teens sometimes neglect seat belts

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The survey also suggests many parents are not setting good examples of safe driving. (Source: NBC News) The survey also suggests many parents are not setting good examples of safe driving. (Source: NBC News)

(NBC) - A quarter of teens don't buckle up every time for a variety of reasons: they forget, or say they're not going that far, according to a survey.

Safe Kids Worldwide surveyed 1,000 teenagers about their seat belt usage.

"They may decide that it's just not that important to buckle up, or 'I don't want my clothes to wrinkle,' or maybe there are more kids in the car than there are seat belts that are available," said Kate Carr, president and chief executive officer of Safe Kids Worldwide.

The survey also suggests many parents are not setting good examples of safe driving.

Children who do not buckle up often have mothers or fathers who do not buckle up.

More than a quarter of surveyed teens said they'd witnessed a parent exhibiting another unsafe habit: texting while driving.

About 2,500 teenagers die each year in car accidents.

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