Record number of New Yorkers are buckling up

Posted at 11:57 AM, Sep 14, 2016

Do you buckle up every time you get behind the wheel? The overwhelming majority of New Yorkers do.

The New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee says 92 percent of New Yorkers use seat belts regularly. That matches the previous all-time high set in the state last year. It is also the seventh consecutive year that seat belt usage in New York has been at or above 90 percent. In 2015, the national average was 88.5 percent.

Drivers not wearing a seat belt in New York can be fined up to $50. State law requires the driver and front-seat passenger to buckle up and all back-seat passengers under the age of 16.