Two Democratic lawmakers want legislation that would require passengers to buckle up in the backseat of a car, even when riding in an Uber or Lyft.
According to AAA New York, a person in a crash while riding in the backseat without their seat belt is eight times more likely to be seriously injured and twice as likely to be killed.
They say it is a common misconception to believe passengers are safer in the backseat, despite data showing otherwise.
“No matter where you sit in a vehicle, let’s make it habit to buckle up. The injuries you could sustain from not wearing a seat belt could be life-altering," said Sen. David Carlucci, one of the bill's sponsors.
Right now, only minors under 16 years old have to be buckled in the back seat. This new bill would require everyone to buckle up in the back and a $50 fine for those that don't comply.
"Too many of the deaths we see on our roads are preventable,” Assemblyman Walter Mosely said. “Since 1985, more than 1,500 adults have lost their lives for failure to wear their seat belt in the backseat."
Supporters for the legislation include AAA, Highway Safety, American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, FASNY, and the NYS Nurses Association.