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Law enforcement encourages drivers to buckle up, put phone down

Distracted driving without a seatbelt could change your life forever. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and law enforcement agencies took time on Monday to recognize Buckle Up Phone Day across the state. Both have significantly influenced the number of injuries occurring on area roadways. Nearly two-thirds of motorists injured in crashes did not have a seat belt on, and distracted driving has contributed to 31 deaths and almost 3,000 injuries in 2022. While Wisconsin is lagging behind the national average regarding wearing a seatbelt (90.4 percent nationwide compared to 88.1 statewide), the number of people killed in crashes has dipped below the five-year average for this time of year.

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