AAA: Found on average 50 people at least 16 or older die in crashes every year in New York because they do not wear seat belts while in the back of a car.
No matter your age, you may soon get a ticket if you are not wearing a seat belt, even if you are in the back seat of a car. That might happen if Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way.
New York used to be the leader in keeping drivers and passengers safe. Back in 1984, the state became the first with a mandatory seat belt law.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, dozens of other states across the country now have stricter seat belt laws than New York. Twenty-nine states and Washington D.C. have belt requirements covering everyone inside a car. That is the standard Cuomo wants for New York.
Cuomo details his plans to expand the seat belt law in his executive budget. Currently, people over the age of 16 only have to wear seat belts if they are sitting in the front seats. The same proposal was in the governor’s budget last year but it was dropped during negotiations.
The penalty for seat belt violations can be a $50 dollar fine for first-time offenders.
Other safety groups have pushed for new requirements for years. AAA New York did a study on this issue. The group found on average 50 people at least 16 or older die in crashes every year in New York because they do not wear seat belts while in the back of a car.