The New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Police today began the 14-day “Buckle Up New York” initiative, a campaign the agencies plan to continue through Nov. 28. As often discussed on the New York Injury Lawyers Blog, the failure of drivers and passengers to buckle their seat belts often results in serious injuries if involved in a motor vehicle accident.
During the two-week period, drivers across the 570 miles of the New York State Thruway should expect a visible police presence as troopers target drivers failing to adhere to the state’s seat belt law.
Those drivers and front-seat passengers over the age of 16 caught without a seat belt will likely receive a $50 fine. Those who fail to properly secure their children can expect a fine up to $100 along with three points on their drivers license.
New York State Law requires all front-seat passengers to wear a seat belt regardless of age. All passengers under the age of 16 must wear a seat belt even when traveling in the back seat. Children ages 6 and under must be properly secured in either a federally-approved child safety seat or a booster seat with a lap/shoulder safety belt, depending upon the child’s particular age and size. Children in this age group who are taller than 4 feet 9 inches are exempt from the safety seat requirement.
“Buckle Up New York” Campaign Begins, The Journal News, James O’Rourke, November 15, 2010