The city of Westminster and its police force have been recognized with a state award for promoting car seat-belt use.
Westminster was one of 10 entities, as were Howard and Frederick counties, commended for their efforts by the state Department of Transportation last week.
The awards, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are open to a variety of organizations, including local governments, military bases, companies and schools, that promote seat-belt use and demonstrate the effectiveness of their program.
The awards are part of a federal effort to reach a level of 70 percent seat-belt use among drivers across the country by 1992.
To document that more than 70 percent of local drivers were using seat belts, the Westminster police took visual surveys earlier this year at busy intersections to monitor compliance.