YAKIMA, Wash. -- Despite some recent tragedies, it seems more parents are buckling their children up properly.
KIMA learned state troopers ticketed 137 fewer drivers for failing to secure a child this year compared to last year.
Ronnie Washines says using a seatbelt is not a "choice."
"Whether it decreases or not, I think the numbers are still out there," said Washines. "And, if there's numbers still out there, then there are still children riding in unsafe vehicles."
Troopers told us parents use a couple of common excuses for not securing their kids properly like "the car seat is in my spouse's car" or "I was just driving five minutes away."
Violators are parents typically with toddlers.