JUNEAU - A new state study finds that 85 percent of Alaskans are wearing their seat belts.
The Alaska Highway Safety Office says that's up 2½ percentage points from last year, and 30 percent from 2002.
The state says the greatest increase in seat belt usage rates occurred in Juneau, with 81 percent buckled up, compared to 77 percent last year.
The highest rates statewide are drivers and passengers in vans, particularly in Anchorage at 90 percent. The study found that car occupants in Kenai were observed to be the most reluctant to buckle up, at 65 percent.
Alaska Injury Prevention Center surveyors recorded their observations of more than 35,200 vehicles along specific roads.