New seat belt rules become law Aug. 15
As of August 15, any passengers who are riding in the backseat of a car will be required to wear a seat belt, according to a bill passed by the State Legislature that was signed into law.
The current law states that anyone under 13 who rides in the backseat must be buckled in. However, several recent accidents resulting in death or serious injury have driven the Legislature to reconsider the law.
Many car passengers who ride in the backseat of a car have had a “false sense of security” from being blocked by the front seats. However, officers with several Louisiana Police Departments have stated that this is simply not the case and that all passengers are safer when they are buckled in.
With the law going into effect on Aug. 15, Louisiana drivers will have a few weeks to adjust themselves into making the new law a habit.