DOT: 9 out of 10 Wisconsin drivers now wear a seat belt

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Wisconsin (WQOW) – Nine out of 10 Wisconsin drivers are now wearing a seat belt according to the Department of Transportation.

When the state’s first seat belt law went into effect in 1987, the DOT said only 26% of drivers were buckling up.

In 2009, seat belt use became a primary law, meaning you could be pulled over for not buckling up.

The fine for getting caught for not wearing a seat belt is $10 with 50,000 citations written last year.

DOT officials say the 10% not fastening their seat belts are mostly made up of 18 to 35-year-old men and primarily pickup truck drivers.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer and an Evening Anchor.

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