By ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER
HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Senate has approved a bill to require adults to always wear seat belts when riding in cars on public highways.
Lawmakers voted Thursday on the bill. Thursday is the last day of the 2013 legislative session.
The state Department of Health says Hawaii's current law doesn't require adults to wear seat belts when sitting the back seat.
The agency says the law would decrease the number of fatalities associated with car accidents in Hawaii.
The Department of Transportation, Honolulu Police Department, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, and several other organizations also supported the measure.
The House approved the measure earlier this session. The bill now goes to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his signature.