Lawmakers push to require seat belts in the back seat

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10/WETM) — Two downstate lawmakers are teaming up with two major organizations Monday, pushing for a new state law that would require people to buckle up when sitting in the back seat of a car.

Triple-A and Albany Med are two of the groups planning to hold a press conference at the Capitol to push for the legislation.

A woman who survived being in the back seat of a crash will also be at today’s event, which is set for 11:30 a.m.

18 News spoke with Chemung County Sheriff, Bill Schrom, who says this is a good piece of legislation that needs to pass.

“Anything you can do to entice the safety of the occupants of a vehicle is a good idea, but oftentimes we forget about the people that are in the backseat if they’re not restrained properly,” said Schrom. “They basically become a projectile within the vehicle so them lunging for they can hit the back of a driver back of another passenger in cause serious injury to themselves as well as the person in front of them.”

The proposal would make it a bit more difficult for law enforcement to see if back seat passengers are wearing their seatbelt.

“Certainly could make it a little bit more difficult to enforce. I think the bigger picture though is just getting people used to doing it,” said Sheriff Schrom. ” You’re going to reap the benefits in the long run, you’re not going to see the serious injuries or the deaths related to those who don’t wear them.”

Bills in the senate and assembly have both passed through the committee process.

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