Members of the New York State Senate passed legislation yesterday (March 3) that will soon require all passengers 16 and up to wear a seat belt regardless of where they’re seated in a vehicle, including passengers of taxis and ther ride sharing services.
The bill now heads to Governor Cuomo’s desk where it’s expected to be passed into law.
Officials with AAA are in support of the new requirement, saying it will unequivocally reduce the risk of injury and death for all occupants.
According to latest data, nearly 300 back seat passengers were killed and more than 25k injured during crashes over the past decade in New York.
That adds up to eight injuries every day across the state.
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) also says teens and young adults 16-24 are least likely to buckle up and most likely to die compared to any other age group in New York State.
“It is counter intuitive that when individuals are most vulnerable, the requirement to wear a seat belt is lifted,” said Lauren Paterno, Government Affairs Representative for AAA New York State. “This comprehensive seat belt law will benefit everyone on our roads”
According to AAA, rear seat occupants who fail to buckle up are:
- 2x more likely to be killed
- 8x more likely to be seriously injured
- 2x more likely to kill a front seat occupant by becoming a projectile