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AL lawmaker pushes for age restriction on pickup bed riders

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Rep. Mike Rogers wants to put a minimum age on truck bed riders. (Source: WAFF file) Rep. Mike Rogers wants to put a minimum age on truck bed riders. (Source: WAFF file)
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - An Alabama lawmaker wants to keep more teens safe from potential injury or death from accidents involving pickup truck beds.

In Alabama, it is state law that everyone under the age of 15 must wear a seat belt. But if you are over that age, you don't have to, so riding in the bed of a truck is fair game.

Representative Mike Rogers wants to change that, by making it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to ride in the back of a pickup truck. This comes shortly after the one-year anniversary of a deadly Guntersville pickup truck crash that killed four and injured seven. The pickup in that incident, carrying five in the bed, collided with another car and flipped.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Alabama is one of 19 states with no restrictions on riding in the beds of pickup trucks.

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