Study: More in Massachusetts buckle up, but state still lags

BOSTON - Seat belt usage has climbed to an all-time high in Massachusetts, yet according to new research from the state highway safety division more than one in five motorists still do not buckle up.

An observational study conducted for the agency by the University of Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program found that 78.2 per cent of drivers and front-seat passengers were properly wearing safety belts, up from 74 per cent in last year's study. The usage rate has risen over the last decade from 67 per cent in 2006.

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