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Washingtonians top in nation for buckling up

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - People on the roadways here in Washington get an A plus. Over 97% made sure they clicked in when they hit the road in 2011. That's compared to a national average of 84%. 

This marks the seventh year in a row that Washingtonians have been above the 95% mark.

"This is the kind of information that is very important. It makes us feel really good about the job that we're doing. Making sure that people are safe and buckling their seat belts when they get inside the car. It's just one of those things that comes naturally for Washingtonians with these kinds of results," said Mike Blatman of the Kennewick Police Department.

Local law enforcement do emphasis patrols every now and then to ensure people are buckling up. 

Massachusetts got the lowest ranking at 73%.

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