Seat belt use in state holds steady

LANSING (AP) — Officials say Michigan’s seat belt use rate is remaining steady from a year ago.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says a direct observation survey conducted statewide by the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group found the rate was 93 percent. The state’s record was 98 percent in 2009.

Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and State Police posts have been increasing seat belt enforcement

State officials say that Michigan’s official seat belt use rate for 2015 will be determined after a second survey in September.

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