New York

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of New York. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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AV legislation

Authorizes AV testing with a human operator.

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders 1 year or older and under 14. Children under 1 prohibited.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Universal helmet law enacted 1967.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

8 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

None

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

55

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

65

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

55

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.18

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

Yes

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Yes

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for all convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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Child Restraint Required

Under 2 yrs (or until outgrows the top height or weight recommendations) in rear-facing child restraint

3 yrs or under unless over 40 lbs and no lap/shoulder belt available

4-7 yrs unless no lap/shoulder belt available

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8 yrs and older must be restrained by a seatbelt

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

50 (15)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16 / 6

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

9 p.m. - 5 a.m. except NYC (unsupervised driving prohibited at all times) and Long Island (limited daytime unsupervised allowed)

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

No more than 1 under 21

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

17 years with driver's ed. 18 years without driver's ed.

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Type of Law

Primary

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Who is Covered?

All riders

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In What Seat?

All

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

No

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

No

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions; not permitted on controlled access highway exit ramp or within 300 feet following

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law and city ordinance

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Decriminalized and legal for medical use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

Executive Director

New York State is seeking an experienced administrator with a strong vision and passion for public safety to advance and strengthen the State’s highway safety initiatives as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC).

Ford DSFL Grant Results: New York

Through a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) and GHSA, the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), in conjunction with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and the New York State Department of Transportation, held a speed-focused traffic safety fair to show high school students – many of whom are driving or will soon be – how speeding can put themselves, their passengers and everyone on the road in danger.

High-Visibility Enforcement Effective in Deterring Dangerous Driving Behaviors, Report Finds

With traffic fatalities on U.S. streets currently at their highest point in over a decade, a new report has found that enhanced efforts from law enforcement officials could help buck the trend.

High-Visibility Enforcement Effective in Deterring Dangerous Driving Behaviors, Report Finds

Story by Erik Bascome
June 10, 2022

GHSA, National Road Safety Foundation Award $75,000 in Grants to Three States for Safe Youth Active Mobility

The Governors Highway Safety Association has awarded grants totaling $75,000 from the National Road Safety Foundation to State Highway Safety Offices in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania to work with community-based groups to promote safe youth mobility options like walking, biking or riding a scooter.

Governors Highway Safety Association, National Road Safety Foundation Award $75,000 in Grants to Three States for Safe Youth Active Mobility

The Governors Highway Safety Association has awarded grants totaling $75,000 from the National Road Safety Foundation to State Highway Safety Offices in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania to work with community-based groups to promote safe youth mobility options like walking, biking or riding a scooter.

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