NOTE: By Cindy Dort, Occupant Protection Educator with Cornell University Ext of Saratoga.
“Dort says NY is joining 30 other states that have implemented similar laws. Until now, passengers over age 16 were not required to wear seat belts in the rear seat in New York.
Here are some statistics:
- When used correctly, wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants by 45%, and risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%. For those riding in the rear of vans and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) during a car crash, rear seat belts are 73% better at preventing fatalities. – NHTSA
- NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee indicated that 30% of highway deaths in New York involved passengers who did not wear a seat belt.
- National seatbelt use in front seat is at 90.7%
- According to NHTSA 2017, of the 37,133 people killed in motor vehicle crashes- 47% were NOT wearing a seatbelt”