ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government has awarded the state a $365,000 grant to promote seat belt use.
Surveys have found that 63 percent of Alaska residents use seat belts.
Nationally, about 73 percent of Americans use the safety devices.
The goal of the grant program is to find creative, new approaches to increase seat belt use. Much of the focus will be on visible enforcement of seat belt laws and on public education.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is spending about $44 million dollars nationally on the program.
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