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ON YOUR SIDE: Safety Belt Check

COLUMBUS (Brooks Jarosz) While hundreds of people are killed on the roads while not wearing safety belts, this figure seems to be on the decline.

So far this year, 380 people have died after failing to buckle up -- a decrease compared to the 530 deaths of 2012, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.

"Right before you even turn on the ignition, make sure you're buckled up and that everyone in your vehicle is buckled up or in a child safety seat," Lt. Anne Ralston said. It's the safest thing you can do in the event of a traffic crash."

Children ages 8 years old and younger, or shorter than 4'9'' must be strapped in a safety or booster seat.

Highway Patrol said 85 percent of drivers and riders say they wear a safety belt.

In many cases, troopers say safety belts will save live and prevent serious injuries.
 
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