Buckle up! Changes to NYS seat belt law go into effect November 1!
Buckle up! Changes to NYS seat belt law go into effect November 1! All passengers in front AND rear seats must be buckled up with seatbelts. Including riders in taxis, Uber, Lyft and other for hire vehicles.
Violators of the seat-belt law can be fined up to $50 per person. Drivers can also be fined $25 to $100 and receive three penalty points on their driver licenses for each violation.
According to AAA Northeast, an unbelted rear-seat passenger in a vehicle accident is two times more likely to be killed, eight times more likely to be seriously injured, and two times more likely to kill someone in the front seat by flying forward.
In New York, over the last decade, 289 people have been killed, and 25,596 people have been injured, while riding unbuckled in the back seat of a motor vehicle.