The Nation

State laws requiring the use of seat belts and child-restraint devices have dramatically reduced highway deaths and prompted motorists to buckle up in record numbers, the national Centers for Disease Control said in Atlanta. In the four years since Tennessee required its motorists to install child-restraint devices, for example, automobile-associated deaths among children under 4 decreased more than 50%, the CDC said. After Wyoming enacted such a law this year, the CDC said, all 50 states now require child-safety seats.

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