New State Law Would Require Back Seat Passengers To Buckle Up

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ALBANY — Some New York State Lawmakers are pushing for a new law that would require people to buckle up when sitting in the back seat of a car.

Last year lawmakers failed to pass a similar law that would have required all in a vehicle to buckle up.

Current law only requires front seat passengers to wear seat belts and children under the age of 8 to wear seat belts in the back seat.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 28% of passengers do not buckle up in the back seat. Those who don’t wear a seat belt are eight times more likely to be injured or killed in a crash.

Bills in the senate and assembly have both passed through the committee process.


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