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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LEWES, Del.- Guests staying at the Red Mill Inn in Lewes were forced to leave their rooms and belongings after a fire ripped through the lodge's building. According to the Lewes Volunteer Fire Company,More
Guests staying at a hotel in Lewes were forced to leave their rooms and belongings after a fire ripped through the building late Thursday night.More
Friday, December 6 2013 11:27 AM EST2013-12-06 16:27:00 GMT
One of Joshua Wright's earliest memories involves Nelson Mandela.More
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Friday, December 6 2013 10:51 AM EST2013-12-06 15:51:40 GMT
DOVER, Del.- The State of Delaware said Wednesday that preliminary reports from law enforcement agencies indicate that it was a "quiet" Thanksgiving weekend in Delaware with nine people arrested for drivingMore
Preliminary reports from law enforcement agencies indicate that it was a relatively "quiet" Thanksgiving weekend in Delaware with nine people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, according to the state Office of Highway Safety.More
Friday, December 6 2013 8:36 AM EST2013-12-06 13:36:45 GMT
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Late last week Salisbury City Council President, Jake Day was pulled over in Anne Arundel County.
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Friday, December 6 2013 9:01 AM EST2013-12-06 14:01:47 GMT
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