Safety Laws in New York
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Helmets are mandatory for all riders.
All riders under the age of 14 are required to wear a helmet.
Headlights must be turned on:
- When visibility is reduced to 1,000 feet or less.
- One half-hour after sunset until one half-hour before sunrise.
- Whenever using windshield wipers in rain or snow.
Headlights must be on during the day.
A white headlight visible up to 500 feet and a red taillight visible up to 300 feet must be used when riding between a half-hour after sunset and a half-hour before sunrise.
It is illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving. Hands-free cell phones, however, are legal.
Texting is banned for all drivers while behind the wheel.
- Any child younger than four must ride in a federally approved child safety seat that's properly secured by a safety belt or a universal child restraint anchorage system.
- As of November 24, 2009, all children younger than eight years old must be secured in a child safety seat restraint system. This includes safety seats, harness vests and booster seats attached via safety belts.
- Any child younger than four, but who weighs more than 40 pounds, may be secured in a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt.
- If all safety seats are occupied, a child who would normally require a booster seat should instead be secured by a lap belt.
- Every rider younger than 16 must use a seat belt.
If you're in the market for one, you can shop online for a child car seat at any time. When ordering, be sure the car seat matches your child's height, weight and age.
Dial 911 if you suspect a driver of being drunk and/or dangerous. Provide the vehicle's license plate number, make, model, location and travel direction.
If you harbor any reason to believe that an unattended child left inside a vehicle is at risk, do not hesitate to call 911. Remain with the vehicle until authorities arrive.
If you suspect that an unattended pet left inside a vehicle is in danger due to heat or cold, call the local police or animal control unit.
Other Topics in This Section
- Traffic Alerts
- 511 Traffic Systems
- Tire Recalls
- Safety Laws
- How Emotions Affect Driving
- Driving in Hazardous Conditions
- Teen Drivers: A Beginner's Guide
- Seniors: When To Turn Over The Car Keys
- Packing Your First-Aid Kit
- Seven Senior Safety Suggestions
- Wildlife on the Road
- When to Call Wildlife Rescue
- Taking A Mature Driver Course
- Medications & Driving
- Night Driving
- Hallucinations on the Road
- How To Drive Distraction Free
- Treating Motion Sickness
- Road Rage: How To Deal With It
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