Oklahoma Senate Narrowly Passes Bill Requiring Kids to Buckle Up

Feb 25, 2020

Credit U.S. Air Force

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Children under the age of 17 would be required to wear seat belts in vehicle back seats under a bill narrowly passed Monday by the Oklahoma Senate.

The bill, which passed on a 25–22 vote, changes current law that requires only children younger than age 8 to wear seat belts in the back seat.

“The bottom line is children are being hurt and dying simply because we don’t require them to wear a seat belt,” said Sen. Roland Pederson, a Burlington Republican.

Pederson said Oklahoma is the nation’s only state that does not require seat belts for children older than age 8.

The measure now heads to the House, where a similar bill stalled.