All back-seat car passengers would have to wear seat belt under a new NYC bill

All back-seat car passengers would be required to wear a seat belt in the Big Apple under a new bill backed by City Hall.

The City Council bill, which is sponsored by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) at the request of Mayor Bill de Blasio, would make it a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of up to $50 for back-seat passengers 16 years or over caught not wearing a seat belt.

Currently, in New York state, all drivers and front-seat passengers are required to buckle up in both private and for-hire vehicles, but in the back seat, only minors are required to wear a seat belt.