ALBANY, N.Y. – All vehicle passengers must wear seat belts, according to a new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday.
Currently, passengers 16 and over are only required to wear a seat belt in the front passenger seat.
The new law will take effect Nov. 1.
"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," said Cuomo.
New York was the first state to pass a law requiring seat belts in 1984.
"It was under my father's leadership that New York became the first state in the country to pass a seat belt law, and the nation followed his lead. Now we are building upon this legacy and helping to create a safer and stronger Empire State for all,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo says according to safety experts, the legislation could prevent more than two-thirds of accident-related deaths and injuries caused by not wearing a seat belt in the back seat.