Gov. Cuomo Pushes For Backseat Seat Belt Law

ALBANY – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to extend the state’s seat belt law to require all passengers in the back seat to buckle up.

Under current law, all passengers in the front seat must wear seat belts but only passengers younger than 16 are required to wear a restraint when riding in the back seat of a motor vehicle.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 28 states and the District of Columbia already have some kind of law on the books mandating back seat seatbelt usage.

Cuomo, a Democrat, inserted the suggested change in amendments to his proposed state budget for the next fiscal year. The amendments were announced on Friday.

Lawmakers plan to vote on the budget before Apr. 1.

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