First let’s start with the catchy campaign slogan, “Click it or Ticket”. I recently drove down to Florida and that phrase is posted from NY all the way south. I like it! It pretty much sums up the financial ramifications.  Just how much can the ramifications can be depends on the county that you get the ticket in. You can get a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt over the age of 16 . This starts at $50 for the first offence. The towns can then increase this by tacking on their own surcharge. This can add $35 and up on each ticket.  If someone in your car is 16 or younger and they are not wearing a seatbelt you can be looking at a $100 fine for the driver plus surcharges.

Why else would you want to wear a seatbelt if not just for saving yourself the expense and embarrassment of being pulled over? Does it look fashionable?  No.  Is it comfortable?  No, not really.  Then why???  And I really hope you know the answer.   The most important reason there is. Your chances of survival in an accident increase by 50% (as per NHTAS).  A 50% better chance to survive an accident. I’ll take those odds in a heartbeat.

New York State laws mandates that all front-seat occupants as well as rear-seat passengers under the age of 16 must wear seat belts. All children younger than 8 must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat or booster seat restraint system.

So please remember to have everyone in your car wear a seatbelt. Don’t make a fatal mistake. You may live to regret it.