New state law requires everyone 16 and older to wear seat belts

Posted at 10:53 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 10:53:14-04

ALBBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Soon, you will have to wear a seat belt, no matter where you are riding in a car.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has now signed a bill into law, requiring all passengers 16 and older to wear seat belts.

Currently, passengers 16 and older are only legally required to wear seat belts in the front passenger seat of a vehicle.

In a press release Tuesday morning, Goernor Cuomo said, "We've known for decades that seat belts save lives and with this measure we are further strengthening our laws and helping to prevent needless tragedies."

All children under the age of 16 must wear seat belts and children younger than 8 years old must use a proper child system.

The new law goes into effect on November 1.