MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- More Minnesotans are buckling up than last year, according to a survey by the Office of Traffic Safety, a part of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
The survey showed seatbelt use reached 74 percent this year, up from an average 73 percent last year and 72 percent in 1999.
Outside the metro area, seat belt use moved from 68 percent in 1999 to 72 percent this year.
The Office of Traffic Safety has conducted the survey annually since August 1986.
Results are based on a sample of 74,572 passenger observations at 315 sites, which allows estimates of use on major roads and local roads.
Road intersections are selected for observation from the 37 counties that account for 85 percent of Minnesota's population.
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