Tuesday, May 14, 2019

  

New York headed toward requiring backseat seatbelts

ALBANY – Requiring the use of seatbelts on backset passengers in New York appears to be just around the corner.

The Assembly is expected to vote on it within days and the Senate Transportation Committee approved it Monday.

Senator David Carlucci (D, Nanuet) said while New York was a trendsetter in 1985 by mandating front seat restraints, it is lagging behind 19 other states that now require backseat use.

“We have seen statistics that have shown that if you are not wearing your seatbelt in the back seat, you are eight times more likely to be injured or killed and with the increase in ridesharing with more and more people riding in the back seat, we have seen that it is not only are you posing a threat to yourself by not wearing a seatbelt, but you are two-times more likely to kill the driver if you are not wearing a seatbelt,” Carlucci said.

The State Medical Society, AAA and Governor Cuomo all support the move.

 

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