Fewer NC drivers buckling up

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Motorists and their passengers in North Carolina aren’t buckling up as often as they used to.

A new survey shows that in 2012, North Carolina’s buckle-up rate fell to 87.5 percent from 90.5 percent in 2011.

According to the state’s crash data, through the first half of 2013 about 40 percent of people killed in car accidents were not wearing a seat belt.

State law requires passengers (and the driver) to buckle-up in the front and back seat, but the primary law only applies to the front seat.