Bill would require New Yorkers to buckle up in back seat

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A new bill would make buckling your seat belt in the back seat the law for all New Yorkers.

According to AAA, which is backing the bill, New York leads the nation in the number of deaths and injuries for people not wearing their seat belts in the back seat. Brooklyn leads New York City, with 421 injuries.

Under current law, anyone over age 16 can ride in the back without buckling up. Anyone in the front seats must always be strapped in.

AAA says a person not wearing their seat belt in the back seat is 40 percent more likely to cause the death of a person in the front seat, in what's called a "backseat bullet."

Most residents who spoke with News 12 said they were in favor of requiring all vehicle occupants to buckle up.

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