Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that if you live in New York State, you must now wear a seat belt as a passenger both in the front and back seat of any motor vehicle. Of course, while wearing a seat belt in the front seat has been mandatory for years, the new law now demands that all individuals both under and over the age of 16 are required to wear seat belts at all times. This is a big change, and if your passengers violate this rule, you may face legal consequences as a result.
Remarking on the legislation, Governor Cuomo said, “We’ve known for decades that seat belts save lives and with this measure we are further strengthening our laws and helping to prevent needless tragedies. It was under my father’s leadership that New York became the first state in the country to pass a seat belt law, and the nation followed his lead. Now we are building upon this legacy and helping to create a safer and stronger Empire State for all.”
All New Yorkers are expected to abide by this law from the moment it takes effect on November 1. The move was backed by a wide range of support. Among those supporters is Assembly Member Walter Mosely, who said in a statement, “Seatbelts are a proven way to make our roads safer and lower the number of automobile fatalities. This legislation will go a long way towards achieving that goal and ensuring that all passengers are safe when traveling. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law and look forward to the positive impact it will have on our state.”
After November 1, if your passengers are caught violating the new seat belt law, you may face fines or even points on your license, which is why you must not wait and contact our experienced Rockland County traffic violations attorney who can fight those charges. Traffic violations are very serious and, as they pile up, can eventually result in a suspended license. Do not let this happen. Simply give us a call to learn more about how we can help.
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