State agency says Connecticut seatbelt usage climbing

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HARTFORD  — The Connecticut Department of Transportation says the vast majority of the state drivers are using their seatbelts.

According to the agency’s highway safety office, Connecticut’s seatbelt usage in 2016 has increased to 89.4 percent. That’s up from 85.4 percent in 2015.

DOT Commissioner James Redeker  says his agency has been working closely with law enforcement and others to “move the needle,” calling this increase “significant.”

While Connecticut was a top state for seatbelt usage for many years, he says it recently experienced a five-year decline.

Redeker credits the “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign with helping to increase public awareness about state’s mandatory seatbelt law, the penalties, and the dangers of not buckling up while driving.