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Washington Drivers are Buckling Up

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - "Click it or ticket" is a catchy phrase and it's working.

It's a preliminary report, but initial statistics say drivers in Washington are buckling up.  It's at higher rates than years past, about 96 percent of drivers are using seat belts.

When the program began, deaths on the road started going down.  In 2004, about 100 lives were saved and hundreds of potentially serious accidents were avoided.

Washington State patrol Troopers are very aggressive in ticketing drivers.

"The results don't lie.  Washington is obviously doing something right.  We're saving lives because people are wearing their seat belts," said Washington State Patrol Sgt. Zach Elmore.

Elmore said road signs also remind drivers they'll get a ticket for over $100 for not buckling up.

It became a law to buckle up in 2002 and since then dirviers wearing seat belts has increased by 12 percent.

The numbers will be confirmed this fall by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.