Emily DeVito & WNYT Staff
Updated: February 11, 2020 12:50 PM
Created: February 11, 2020 12:43 PM
A group of lawmakers in Albany is once again calling for adults to buckle up in the backseat.
Lawmakers have been trying to get this legislation passed for the last few years. They say what's different this time is they're bringing it forward a lot sooner. They say last time, it was brought forward a little late in the session last year. Now they say they are making it a priority. They say it's already been through the committees that it needs to go through, and now it can go onto the Senate and Assembly floor whenever needed.
Seat belt usage has been on the rise in New York state since it became mandatory for front seat passengers in 1984. However, right now in New York state, anyone over the age of 16 is not required to wear a seat belt in the back seat of a car.
Right now in New York state, if you are over the age of 16, you don't need to wear a seat belt in the backseat, and it would be considered a primary offense if you're not wearing one. That means a police officer could solely pull you over because you're not wearing that seat belt.
Other states have a secondary offense, which means they can pull you over for something else like not stopping at a stop sign and if you just happen to not be wearing your seat belt, then you would get an offense.
First time violators would get a $50 fine.
It could be in your own car, or an Uber or Lyft.
Hear a trauma doctor from Albany Med talk about why he says everyone should wear a seat belt, by watching the video of Emily De Vito's story.
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