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

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 joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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