- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state says 255 people killed on Alabama roadways last year weren’t wearing seat belts.

Crash reports from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency shows 511 people died in wrecks investigated by state troopers.

Of those, 255 people weren’t wearing seat belts. Troopers say 79 percent of the victims were in cars with seat belts but decided not to use them.

Trooper spokesman Steve Jarrett says people are dying needlessly because they choose not to wear seat belts.

Preliminary reports show the state has had 44 traffic deaths so far in 2015, and 29 of the victims weren’t properly restrained.

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