State lawmakers have given the final approval to a seat belt bill that is aimed to raise awareness and save lives. Alabama’s current seat belt law only applied to front seat passengers. If signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey, back seat passengers who fail to have their seat belts on can be ticketed by an officer if the vehicle is stopped for another reason.
According to WEIS Radio, this seat belt bill is named after Roderic Deshawun Scott, a high school student who died in an accident on Interstate 65 in 2016. Scott was a backseat passenger and was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident and was ejected from the vehicle.