Consequences of Child Seat Belt Violations and Points under VTL 1229 (c)

Nearly everyone has come across the “Buckle Up, It’s The Law” sign. The reality is that seat belts have proven their potential to save lives in car accidents. Adults are aware of the risks that come with not fastening seat belts. However, children, unlike adults, do not understand the consequences of not attaching the belts, and the responsibility is passed on to the adult accompanying the children. The courts and the law take seat belt violations seriously, especially when children are passengers in a vehicle. The New York state seat belt law is clear that to drive a car, the driver and all the passengers must fasten a safety belt. 

New York has various traffic laws governing young children to ensure they are safe and secure in a car. If you have been issued a child seat ticket in New York, you must contact a qualified traffic ticket lawyer to help you avoid a costly insurance hike, points on your license, license suspension, and other traffic tickets. At Norman Mattar we will take the time to learn your story, examine your claim, and walk with you until you get the best result possible. 

What are the Rules for Young Children VTL 1229-c? 

New York state seat belt law VTL 1229-c provides that all children below eight years must be held correctly in a child restraint system when riding in a motor vehicle. In addition, a recommended child restraint system must meet the weight and size matching the specific child. 

What to do to avoid a child seat belt ticket 

  • Put any child below the age of 2 in a rear-facing car seat 
  • Put any child below the age of 4 and who weighs below 40 lbs. in a convertible car seat 
  • Ensure children between the ages of 4 to 7 or weighing over 40 lbs. stay restrained in a booster seat with a shoulder belt and a lap 
  • All children below 16 years must wear seat belts 

All drivers should know that children weighing more than 100 lbs. or over  4’9″ tall are allowed to use seat belts with a shoulder harness and lap belt. 

Possible Penalties for Violating VTL 1229-c 

If you are stopped for not properly securing a child passenger in your car, you can be fined up to $100. You will also have 3 points assessed on your driver’s license. Besides, your auto insurance rates are likely to hike because of putting the child at risk of being injured in an accident which can result in a costly insurance claim. 

Whenever you have children passengers in your car, be careful that they do not unbuckle their seat belts. They might do it without your knowledge, but you can still be cited for violating VTL 1229-c. Installing a child’s car seat in the car is not enough. New York’s back seat belt law requires the child to remain in that car seat and be properly secured. In several instances, drivers get cited for this violation because of ignorance, and police will, in most cases, combine these tickets with other offenses that make the issue more serious. 

Adding the cumulative offenses will not only cause a significant insurance hike, but it will also put the victim closer to being suspended. It is, therefore, essential to follow the law and be careful and watchful when you have children in the car’s back seat. 


Have you been issued a child seat ticket? Norman Mattar will help you

Contact us today if you or your loved one has been given a child seat ticket. At Norman Mattar, we have qualified and experienced traffic ticket attorneys that fight for your case and get the offenses reduced or have the case dismissed. Contact one of our lawyers by calling (716) 633-4300.