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Seat belt use hits high in Wisconsin, but trails US average

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin has hit an all-time high in seat belt use, but the state is still behind the national average.

Post-Crescent Media reports roughly 85 percent of drivers and passengers used seat belts last year in Wisconsin. That's up from 82.4 percent in 2013.

But the national average of seat belt use is 87 percent, and states neighboring Wisconsin all have rates topping 90 percent. According to a state Department of Transportation official, Wisconsin ranks 35th nationally in seat belt use.

Preliminary data released in January also showed Wisconsin had the fewest traffic deaths in more than seven decades last year. The state Department of Transportation said there were 491 traffic fatalities in 2014.

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