Beginning Sunday, Nov. 1, New York State law will require all passengers in a car to wear a seat belt, including adults sitting in the back seats.
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 1, New York State law will require everyone in a car to wear a seat belt, including adults sitting in the back seats.
Until now, the law required individuals over 16 to wear seat belts in the front seat only. Those under 16, however, legally have to wear a belt in every seat of the car.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts reduce the seriousness of crash-related injuries and deaths by almost half.
“Nobody wants to see new laws, but you also don’t want to see people pass away in fatal accidents,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said.
Once enforcement begins, the passenger who didn’t buckle up will be the only one given a ticket for a maximum of $50.