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Report finds passengers admit to not wearing seatbelt in back seat

21 states don't require back seat passengers to buckle up, including Virginia

ROANOKE, Va

Many buckle-up when they get behind the wheel, but jumping in the back seat is a different story.

According to a new report people admit they're less likely to put on a seatbelt when riding in the backseat.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety says in taxis or ride shares like Uber and Lyft only 57 percent buckle up.

The risk is shared by every driver who is twice as likely to be killed in a crash when the passenger behind them is thrown forward.

“If you were not wearing your seat belt and you have a wreck and say you're 100 pound person and you're driving at 30 miles an hour you're now going to be a project all that comes at someone with 3000 pounds of force, so you can kill everybody in that car,” explained Tiffany Bradbury, Roanoke Fire – EMS, Community Risk Reduction Specialist.

21 states don't require back seat passengers to buckle up, including Virginia.

Advocates say if more did fewer lives would be lost.


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