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About 25 percent of teens don't wear seat belts, Safe Kids Worldwide reports

Teens who don’t wear a seat belt were more likely to have other bad driving habits, like texting while driving, than teens who said they regularly wear a seat belt.

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Almost a quarter of teenagers don’t wear seat belts, according to a recent survey from Safe Kids Worldwide.

The global child advocacy group surveyed about 1,000 teens, the Elkhart Truth’s news partner WNDU reported. About a quarter of respondents said their parents had bad driving habits as well, such as texting and driving.

Almost three-quarters of teens who said they don’t use a seat belt admitted to texting while driving, as compared to about one-half of teens who do use a seatbelt.

The study showed seat belts reduce the risk of death for front seat passengers by 45 percent. 

Find out which age group is least likely to wear seat belts in the full story by WNDU.

Do you know any teen drivers who don’t wear seat belts? What can be done to get more teenagers to wear seat belts?

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