Drivers may already be familiar with the Click it or Ticket campaign, but now, effective Sunday, Nov. 1, the law also extends to back seat passengers.
According to subdivision 3 of section 1229-c of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, back seat passengers in a motor vehicle who are 16-years-old and older, are now required to be restrained by a seat belt.
Passengers violating this law can receive a citation or a maximum fine of $50 (plus surcharges). Front seat passengers 16 and over and back seat passengers under 16, are already required to wear a safety belt, so this is just an extension of the protections already in place.
According to the City Police Department, the law also extends to taxi cabs.
To read the full law, go here.