CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows Virginia had an 83% increase in drivers wearing their seatbelt between 2000 and 2017. The commonwealth ranked second for the highest increase. Drivers in the Charlottesville area say it's just a smart habit.

"I was in at least three accidents and yes, I was wearing my seat belt. It definitely saved me,” said Signay Nicholas, motorist.

That same National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data found more than half of teens and adults who died in crashes in 2016 were not buckled-in at the time.