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Seatbelt Use is Up

It's gratifying to report a little good news. According to the Centers for Disease Control , seatbelt use among American adults is at an all-time high. CDC's recent study says that 85 percent of surveyed drivers report wearing seatbelts regularly. That number is up from 11 percent in 1982, although the CDC points out that at least one in every seven adults still does not wear their seatbelts on the road. This, despite evidence that points to automotive accidents as the number one cause of death in the U.S. among those aged 5 to 34.

Which state leads the pack in seatbelt use? The CDC says Oregon has the highest rate of buckling up, with 94 percent of respondents from that state claiming to use their belts on a regular basis. North Dakota came in last, with 54 percent of those surveyed strapping in.

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