Study: Back-seat vehicle passengers not buckling up

A new traffic study found that failing to wear a seat belt in the back seat of a car can often be a deadly decision.



The Automobile Club of New York says that from 1995 to 2014, nearly 1,000 unbelted back-seat passengers died across the state. One in five of those deaths involved Long Islanders.



Since 1984, New York state law has required front-seat passengers to buckle up, but back-seat riders over the age of 16 don't have to. There are only 28 states that require every passenger to wear a seat belt.



According to AAA, unbelted rear-seat passengers are three times more likely to die in a crash and eight times more likely to be injured.



AAA's Alec Slatky says that over 40 percent of back-seat fatalities come from passengers being thrown from the vehicle.


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