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Ky. seat belt use lags national rate

More than 60 percent of people killed in Kentucky highway wrecks last year were not wearing a seat belt, according to the Kentucky State Police.

Overall, 828 people died in traffic fatalities in 2008. That's 36 fewer than the year before, according to a state police press release.

About 73 percent of Kentucky motorists are buckling up, according to a 2008 seat belt survey. The national rate is 82 percent.

The lowest seat belt use rates were among Eastern Kentucky pickup drivers ages 21 to 35. The highest use rates were among van drivers in northern Kentucky, according to the press release.