Safe Kids Worldwide study: 1 in 4 teens don't wear seat belts all the time
NORWALK - A new study says 1 in 4 teenagers aren't wearing seat belts on every car ride.
Teens surveyed in the study gave excuses like they don't drive too far or that seat belts are uncomfortable for why they are not always buckling up. The study also found those who said they did not use a seat belt were also more likely to text while driving.
A Norwalk family launched a program six years ago encouraging teens to wear seat belts. In 2008, 17-year-old Cassie Geary died when she crashed into a tree while driving 30 mph in Darien. Her father Tom Geary says a police officer told him that his daughter would have lived if she was wearing a seat belt.
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Tom Geary speaks at drivers education classes throughout Connecticut as part of the "Click It for Cassie" program. He says teens should always make sure they are wearing seat belts.
"It should be all the time, as soon as you get in the car, before you start the car," says Geary.