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Seat Belts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State officials say more Alabama residents than ever are buckling their seat belts when they get into their cars.

A survey by the Alabama Department of Public Health and other state agencies also shows a record number of people in Alabama are putting children in child restraint seats.

The survey shows that 82 percent of residents are wearing seat belts when they drive or sit in the front seat. That's compared to 80 percent in 2004. The percentage of Alabama residents wearing seat belts has risen from 13 percent in 1984.

The survey found that 92 percent of young children riding in vehicles in Alabama were in child restraint seats, compared to 83 percent last year. That's up from seven percent in 1981.

State Health Officer Don Williamson says the numbers are partly the result of a state law that requires drivers and front seat passengers to wear seat belts.

11/12/05


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