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Nearly 98 Percent Of Washington Drivers Use Seat Belts

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says nearly 98 percent of motorists in Washington are using their seat belts, one of the highest usage rates in the nation.

The commission says the figure is based on observations of more than 94,000 drivers and passenger this year. The exact figure is 97.6 percent, up 1.2 percent from 2009.

Commission Director Lowell Porter says that's a significant improvement and brings the state closer to its goal of no traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
      
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