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More people in Albany are buckling up

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More people in Albany are buckling up when they get behind the wheel.

Seatbelt usage is the highest it's ever been.

The most recent survey by the city shows a 94 percent usage rate by drivers.

That's up two points from from the last survey.

It was conducted at six major intersections in Dougherty County and included 1,800 vehicles.

People in pick-ups are also buckling up more often in Albany. Safety officials are encouraged by the numbers.

"We have found as we've increased our seatbelt use rate our crash numbers numbers as well as our injury numbers have gone down, it tells us the message is getting out and people are paying attention people are using their safety belts when maybe they have not been, and it tells us enforcement is getting through," said Michele DeMott, Safe Communities Coordinator.

A new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that seat belt use nationally has hit a record high of 84 percent.

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