New York has many laws that are designed to protect motorists. One such law is a rule requiring that drivers and certain passengers must wear seat belts while the car is operational. If a driver or passenger who is required to wear a seat belt chooses not to do so, there are consequences.
If you are accused of violating seatbelt laws, it’s important that you understand what those consequences are and that you take steps to avoid them. You don’t want a ticket and a fine – or even more serious penalties – for not buckling yourself or child into the car and for not making sure all passengers are buckled up.
New York traffic lawyers can help you to try to avoid penalties whenever possible if you have been cited for not wearing a seat belt.
Our legal team at NY Traffic Firm can also help you to negotiate a plea deal for not buckling up, which could potentially help to reduce the consequences if you are accused of not using the proper safety restraints.
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles explains the rules for seatbelt use in the state. According to the NY DMV, drivers and all front seat passengers are required to wear seat belts. Only one person can be buckled in per belt. When a car is being driven by someone with a learner’s permit, a Limited Class-DJ license or a Class-DJ license, every single person in the car must wear a seat belt, including passengers in the car’s back seat.
Drivers are responsible for making sure that passengers under the age of 16 are either in an appropriate child safety restraint or are wearing a seatbelt. Drivers are responsible for those motorists under 16 and can be cited if any child in the car is not buckled up. Drivers and passengers over the age of 16 are responsible for themselves. Drivers and front-seat passengers who are at least 16 years old could each be fined $50 for not buckling up.
In addition to fines, drivers who are violating seat belt laws- or who are allowing passengers to violate these laws – could also face points on their license. A driver who is unbuckled or who fails to make certain that passengers are secured could receive three license points for each violation. This means a driver who isn’t buckled up with a 10-year-old passenger who is also unbuckled could be given a total of six license points.
Drivers need to be aware that NY is a primary enforcement state, which means motorists can be pulled over by police and given a citation for not wearing a seat belt even if the motorist isn’t doing anything wrong other than not being buckled in.
You don’t have roll over, pay the citation and be done. Over-eager traffic enforcement intermingles with errors every day. Always be ready to fight back. The odds are in your favor when you work with NY Traffic Firm.
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New York traffic lawyers can assist you in trying to defend against claims that you, your passengers, or both were not buckled up properly. Our legal team can help you to raise doubts about evidence or to present an affirmative defense showing why you were justified in not being buckled up at the time you were ticketed.
Our New York traffic lawyers can also help you to negotiate a deal if you don’t want to plead not guilty, as a plea deal can often allow motorists to reduce possible penalties and consequences of infractions they have been accused of committing.
If you have been accused of not wearing your seat belt while traveling on the roads of New York, NY Traffic Firm can advocate for you as you resolve the legal problems you’re now facing.
Our firm will help you to protect your record and to minimize or avoid consequences of not being buckled up properly. To find out more about how our New York traffic lawyers can help you, give us a call today.
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