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Published October 08, 2009, 03:02 PM

Seat Belt Usage Hits 90% in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seat belt use in Minnesota has hit a high, and state officials say a new law is the reason.

The Department of Public Safety says it found 90 percent of motorists were buckled up during a two-week survey of motorists in 37 counties in August. That's up from 87 percent a year earlier.

They say the clear reason is the primary seat belt law that took effect this June. That allows law enforcement to stop and ticket drivers for no other reason than not being buckled up.

State officials say their survey also showed who was most likely to buckle up — people in vans or minivans, about 95 percent. Lowest were those in pickup trucks, at about 84 percent.

The survey found women were a bit more likely than men to wear seat belts, but that gap is shrinking.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.