Seat Belt Use

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Americans are getting better at buckling up. The government says seat belt use rates have increased in 37 states this year.

Arizona and Hawaii, have achieved rates of more than 95 percent, the highest ever reported, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Mississippi is at the other end of the scale -- 63 percent -- but it also upped its rate over 2003.

The national seat belt use rate is 80 percent, an all-time high.

Safety officials say seat belt ad campaigns combined with police
enforcement have helped boost the numbers.

Twenty-two states have primary seat belt laws. Most of the rest have secondary seat belt laws, which allow police to issue a seat belt ticket only to a driver stopped for another violation.