Adults can no longer choose to wear seat belts in the back seats of vehicles here in New York State.

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According to WIVB, Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law that will require adults to wear seat belts in the back seats of vehicles.

The new bill states that:

“No person sixteen years of age or over shall be a passenger in the back seat of a motor vehicle, unless such person is restrained by a safety belt.”

Before, those under the age of 16 needed to wear a seat belt in the back seat of a vehicle.

“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,” Gov. Cuomo said in a press release.

Back in 1984, New York became the first state to pass a seat belt law under Mario Cuomo (Andrew's father).

The new law goes into effect on November 1st.

You can read more about the new law on WIVB.