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ALBANY NY (WRGB) - The New York Assembly has passed legislation requiring all passengers 16 years of age or older wear seat belts while riding in the back seat.
“The Assembly Majority is committed to making sure our roads are safe for everyone,” Speaker Heastie said. “When you refuse to wear a seat belt, you are not just taking your own life into your hands, you put at-risk the lives of those in the car with you. Requiring everyone, regardless of where they are sitting, to buckle up will save lives.”
Current law requires passengers 16 years of age or older to wear a seat belt if they are in the front seat, but not in the rear of the vehicle.
This bill would require passengers to wear a seat belt regardless of their seating position in a vehicle. Passengers under 16 years of age are already required to wear a seat belt in both the front and rear of a vehicle.