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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Teen drivers in Utah County didn't fare well in a health department study of seat belt use.
As the last school year ended county health officials posted survey takers for three days in the parking lots of Payson, Springville and Spanish Fork high schools to observe student behavior. They repeted the study this fall.
The results show fewer than 70 percent of students at each school were buckling up. Statewide, more than 88 percent of Utah drivers typically wear seat belts.
Health department spokesman Lance Madigan says seat belts improve the chance of surviving an automobile accident by 50 percent.
Information from: Deseret Morning News
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