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Study Finds Passengers in Ride-Sharing Vehicles Not Buckling Up

January 23, 2020

USA-  Passengers riding in the back of ride-sharing vehicles often fail to use their seatbelts, according to NORTHWESTGEORGIA.COM. One driver who works for Uber stated that front seat passengers often use their seatbelt and that if they do not, he will remind them to do so. In the back of his vehicle, however, he estimates about 70-80 percent of passengers neglect to wear their safety belt. The driver said that if children are in the vehicle, he will comment and ask them to fasten the belt, but other times the passengers will ride unrestrained.*

Officials say that the Uber driver’s experiences are not unique. While people seem to be better about buckling up their children, and using infant or booster seats in the rear of vehicles, many adults sitting in the back choose not to fasten their seatbelts.

In Portland, Oregon, an unrestrained ride-hailing passenger was ejected from a Lexus SUV in a head-on collision. 

Safety advocates say that with the rise in ride-sharing services, people need to start buckling up in the back seat, not just the front. More adults are now traveling in the rear of these vehicles for ride sharing, meaning that there will be more unrestrained adults putting themselves at risk.

While safety advocates are pushing occupants to buckle up, states are failing to take the necessary steps required to change the law. About twenty states do not require adults to use seatbelts in the back seat of a vehicle. 

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