Buckle up: Law requiring back-seat passengers to wear seat belts officially in effect

Passengers sitting in the back seat of a vehicle now are required to wear a seat belt in New York.

News 12 Staff

Nov 1, 2020, 8:36 PM

Updated 1,351 days ago

Share:

Passengers sitting in the back seat of a vehicle now are required to wear a seat belt in New York.
The new legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to improve safety officially went into effect Sunday.
Before the law, people 16 and older were only required to wear a seat belt if they were driving or a passenger in the front seat.
New York became the 30th state to require all passengers in cars, regardless of age, to wear seat belts.
New York became the first state to pass a mandatory seat belt law in 1984 when the governor's father, Mario Cuomo, was governor.
The current governor's traffic safety committee has indicated that 30% of highway deaths in the state are those who were not wearing a seat belt.
The state has also added speed bumps and reduced speed limits to try to make driving safer.
The Department of Motor Vehicles says anyone caught not wearing a seat belt, as well as the driver of the car, can be fined up to $50.


More from News 12
2:13
Mayor Adams, city agencies hold briefing amid extreme heat in Brooklyn

Mayor Adams, city agencies hold briefing amid extreme heat in Brooklyn

2:14
HEAT ALERT: Steamy and humid conditions for Brooklyn; possibly pop-up storm later

HEAT ALERT: Steamy and humid conditions for Brooklyn; possibly pop-up storm later

1:53
Police: Multiple people injured in triple shooting outside McDonald's in Brooklyn

Police: Multiple people injured in triple shooting outside McDonald's in Brooklyn

3:30
Trump heads to convention as authorities investigate motive, security in assassination attempt

Trump heads to convention as authorities investigate motive, security in assassination attempt

0:43
MTA outlines plan to keep riders cool during intense heat and humidity

MTA outlines plan to keep riders cool during intense heat and humidity

1:51
Bushwick man builds Myrtle and Broadway intersection into virtual reality

Bushwick man builds Myrtle and Broadway intersection into virtual reality

5:30
In prime-time address, Biden warns of election-year rhetoric, saying ‘it’s time to cool it down’

In prime-time address, Biden warns of election-year rhetoric, saying ‘it’s time to cool it down’

1:54
Reps. Lawler, Torres to introduce bill enhancing Secret Service protection for presidential candidates

Reps. Lawler, Torres to introduce bill enhancing Secret Service protection for presidential candidates

2:07
A look back at US political violence that changed history

A look back at US political violence that changed history

4:10
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Trump rally attendee gives his eyewitness account of the shooting

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Trump rally attendee gives his eyewitness account of the shooting

2:37
Security increased at Trump Tower following rally shooting

Security increased at Trump Tower following rally shooting

2:27
Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

1:29
Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

1:52
Giglio Feast gets underway in Williamsburg

Giglio Feast gets underway in Williamsburg

1:34
Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

0:28
NYPD: Suspect wanted for fatally shooting man in Bed-Stuy

NYPD: Suspect wanted for fatally shooting man in Bed-Stuy

1:22
2 cases of measles confirmed at Williamsburg Shelter

2 cases of measles confirmed at Williamsburg Shelter

1:48
Sunday service to resume at Brooklyn libraries

Sunday service to resume at Brooklyn libraries

2:03
Poll: More than 40% of women skip or delay medical screenings and appointments

Poll: More than 40% of women skip or delay medical screenings and appointments

2:11
Event calls for end for gun violence on anniversary of 2-year-old’s death

Event calls for end for gun violence on anniversary of 2-year-old’s death