We All Know Seatbelts Save Lives But In New York State Only Passengers In The Front Seat Have To Wear Them

05.26.16 | Bob Price

AAA spokeswoman Liz Carey claims this sends a dangerous message to teens.  She says, of "teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18, less than 40% of them are buckling up in the back seat, because it's not required.
 
As long as you're over the age of 16, it's not illegal to not wear a seat-belt in New York.

State Trooper Jim O'Callaghan says the law needs to be changed.

Research shows rear-seat occupants who don't buckle up are 3 times more likely to be killed in a car crash.

New York became the first state to require seat-belts of any kind in 1984. 

It's one of 20 states today that does not require them in the back-seat.