State and local law enforcement agencies will participate in a two-week-long crackdown on unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the annual Buckle Up NY, Click It or Ticket initiative. The seat belt enforcement campaign will start Monday, May 22, 2017 and will run through Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Buckle Up NY is a statewide, zero-tolerance enforcement effort funded by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. In addition to watching for unbelted drivers and passengers, police will be ticketing any aggressive or unsafe driving behaviors, including distracted driving, speeding, red light violations, and drunk driving.
Nationwide, nearly 10,000 vehicle occupants were killed in 2015 as a result of not wearing a seatbelt, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This represents 44 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities.
According to New York Law, every occupant of a motor vehicle, regardless of age or seating position, must wear a safety restraint. Drivers are responsible for ensuring that any passenger under age 16 obeys the law. Seat belts are not required in taxis or livery vehicles, emergency vehicles, or by passengers in buses or school buses (unless required by the school district).
A ticket for not wearing a seatbelt costs $50 in fines plus up to $93 in court fees. Drivers found to have not properly secured a child could face a ticket of up to $100 plus an NYS surcharge of up to $85 and three points on their license. If you or someone you love has been ticketed for a seat belt violation or any other traffic offense as part of the Buckle Up NY enforcement campaign, retain an attorney right away to help fight the charges. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are experienced traffic ticket attorneys with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.