More West Virginia motorists appear to be buckling up. That's according to the governor's Highway Safety Program.
Program officials cite surveys comparing driver seat belt use before and after a recent highway safety campaign was conducted. The surveys show that the percentage of drivers who buckle up rose from 52.3 percent to 71.6 percent.
The campaign, Click It or Ticket, was held from May 17 through Memorial Day weekend. During that time, law enforcement officers conducted 214 information checkpoints and watched for seat belt violations while pulling over motorists for other traffic offenses.
Officers wrote about 3,000 seat belt and 600 child passenger safety citations, recording a total of more than 6,000 traffic and criminal offenses.
In 2001, West Virginia ranked 50th in the nation for overall seat belt use, but the Highway Safety Program says the state could move up to 32nd for 2002.
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