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Seat Belt Use in Del. is Rising

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say seat belt use in Delaware has increased to 92 percent this year.

The Office of Highway Safety said Friday that last year's seat belt use rate was 88 percent statewide. Officials say the national rate in 2012 was 86 percent.

While officials were pleased with increased usage of seat belts, some pointed to the percentage increase in fatalities among drivers and passengers who don't use seat belts.

Statistics show of the 41 drivers and passengers killed in Delaware crashes, 20, or 49 percent, were not wearing seat belts. At this time in 2012, 20, or 43 percent, of the 47 drivers and passengers killed were not wearing seat belts.

Delaware law requires drivers and all passengers, including those in the back seat, to wear a seat belt.

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