Support For Senate Legislation May Result In A Law For Backseat Passengers To Wear Seat Belts
Research indicates that when used properly, lap and shoulder belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45%. The belts also reduce the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50%. Back seat passengers are three times more likely to die when they are not wearing a seat belt. Despite this startling statistic, only 72% of those who responded to a survey wore seat belts when in the back seat of a vehicle. This may be due to back seat passengers believing that the back seat is safer than the front seat.
CBS 6 Albany reports that a new bill proposed in New York would require back seat passengers to wear a seat belt.
On Tuesday, Senator David Carlucci, Assemblyman Walter Mosley, the AAA New York State company, a trauma surgeon, and a backseat passenger who survived an accident appealed to the state senate.
They were rallying behind legislation that would require passengers in the backseat of vehicles to be buckled up. The legislation would also apply to people in the backseat of taxi cabs and ride share vehicles such as Uber and Lyft.
Over the last decade in New York state, 289 people have been killed and 25,596 people were injured riding as passengers in the backseat without a seat belt.
New York became the first state to require drivers and front-seat passengers to buckle up in 1985. Currently, only minors aged sixteen and under need to buckle up in the back seat.
The fine for an unbuckled back seat passenger would be the same as a driver not wearing a seat belt. Currently, the fine for a first offense is $50.