New York State Police have announced the start of Buckle Up New York, a zero-tolerance policy targeting those who do not fasten their seat belts. The annual initiative is part of the nationwide Click it or Ticket enforcement, a program from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that aims to prevent traffic-related injuries and fatalities by encouraging seat belt use. In 2014 alone, more than 9,000 people, or approximately half of those killed from motor vehicle accidents, were not wearing their seat belts at the time of impact.
This year, Buckle Up New York will run from May 23 to June 5, during which time police officers will aggressively seek out and ticket drivers and passengers who fail to fasten their seat belts. Past Buckle Up New York efforts have included 90 safety restraint checkpoints and participation by over 600 police agencies statewide and have resulted in more than 33,000 seat belt citations in a 14 day period.
New York’s seat belt laws require all front seat occupants of a vehicle, and all rear seat passengers under the age of 16, to wear a seat belt. Children must be restrained in a booster or car seat. A driver or passenger who does not wear a seat belt faces a $50 fine plus a $93 surcharge. Any driver who is found to have not properly secured a child will be fined $100 with an $85 surcharge and will have 3 points added to his or her license.
If you receive a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, or for any other driving-related violation in New York, a skilled traffic ticket attorney will likely be able to have your ticket dismissed or the fines and points against you reduced. In addition, having an attorney will afford you the additional convenience of avoiding a court appearance, since New York law allows traffic attorneys to appear on their clients’ behalf.
Adam H. Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law Firm is a skilled traffic ticket attorney who will advocate on your behalf and fight to have your ticket reduced or removed. Email him or call 888-203-2619 today for a free consultation about your case.