Study: Seatbelt use at record high in NJ

(AP) - New Jersey drivers and passengers arebuckling up more than ever before.State Attorney General Paula Dow says 94.5 percent of peopleriding in the front

TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey drivers and passengers arebuckling up more than ever before.

State Attorney General Paula Dow says 94.5 percent of peopleriding in the front seat were found to be wearing their seatbelts.

A study released Tuesday shows that's a slight increase overlast year and the highest rate in the 15 years since the state hasbeen performing the study.

Using highway accident statistics, state officials estimatedthat increase should mean six roadway deaths will be prevented thisyear.

The study found while seatbelt use in the back seat is alsoincreasing, there's a long way to go. Only three out of fivebackseat passengers buckled up.

The study was conducted in May and June, soon after a seatbeltenforcement campaign that netted more than 32,000 citations.

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