BROKEN ARROW — A press conference will take place today to announce the legislation that will strengthen seat-belt laws for young people, officials say.
State Rep. Ross Ford (R - Broken Arrow), Safe Kids Oklahoma, officials from AAA, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and several youth sharing how seat belts affected their lives will be present at the press conference.
State Rep. Ross Ford will be running legislation this year requiring all youth aged 17 or younger to wear seat belts when riding on Oklahoma roadways in the back seat.
According to information from AAA, car crashes are the leading cause of death and injury in people 8 years and older in the state of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma ranks 50th in protecting children in car crashes, officials say, and is the only state in the nation that does not require children 8-17 years old to wear a seat belt while riding in the back seat of a moving vehicle.
The press conference will take at the Broken Arrow Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 170 at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
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