Being ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt is common in New York, as it is in other states. Although seatbelts can be life saving, some motorists choose not to wear them, which is now illegal in every state. In New York, a no seatbelt ticket does not carry any points, so if you plead guilty and pay the fine associated with the ticket, no points will be added to your driving record. Although the ticket will still show when your record is pulled, it does not count towards the 11 points it takes to have your license suspended.
While this may seem like a win-win situation and the easiest way to deal with the matter at hand, pleading guilty to a no seatbelt ticket in New York could cause you problems in the future. If ever you are stopped and ticketed for a moving violation, having a no seatbelt ticket on your record could affect your ability to plead to a reduction for the new violation.
It is far easier to take care of traffic issues head on and prevent them from ever getting on your record than it is to fight them after the fact. Hiring a qualified, experienced New York traffic attorney will give you your highest chance of having the ticket dismissed, leaving your driving record clean of the charge.
At the Law Office Of Terri B. Kalker, we know what it takes to build a solid defense against a no seatbelt ticket, and will take into account your individual circumstances and the evidence in your case. Our goal is to keep your driving record clean, and we’ll devote the time, effort and skills necessary to help you keep your driving privileges intact.
Don’t let a no seatbelt ticket come back to haunt you when it is too late to do anything about it. Take care of it now. Call our office for a consultation.
Note: Recent changes to the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law makes it mandatory for motorists who are found guilty of certain traffic violations to pay an assessment to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This is called the Driver Responsibility Program and it applies to drivers who operate any kind of motor vehicle in New York State. This applies to New York drivers, regardless of the state the driver is actually licensed in.