ATLANTA (AP) — A state Senate panel has recommended changing Georgia law to require adults riding in the back seat of a vehicle to wear seat belts.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that lawmakers are expected to pursue legislation to that effect during next year’s legislative session starting in January.

Current state law requires all drivers and front seat occupants to wear seat belts, as well as anyone 17 or under riding in the back seat. But adults don’t have to buckle up in back.

Georgia is one of 20 states that don’t require adults in the back seat to be restrained.

Republican Sen. John Albers of Roswell says that changing the law will save lives.

Past attempts to make the change have stalled, with some lawmakers resisting the stronger requirements.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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