Wisconsin Teen Drivers Buckling Up More Than They Used To

December 29, 2009

Wisconsin teenagers are buckling up more than they used to.

A new survey of the state’s high school students shows that only 15 percent say they rarely or never wear a seat belt when in a car driven by another person. That is nearly half as many as said in 1993 that they don’t buckle up.

Nearly one-out-of-four students reported riding in a car with a driver who has been drinking alcohol. That was down from 39 percent in 1993.

Nine percent reported driving a car after having drunk alcohol. That’s down from 15 percent in 1993.

The survey of more than 2,400 students in 57 public high schools was done in the spring.

The state survey is part of a larger national effort to study risky behaviors conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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