West Seneca Police Department

Traffic Enforcement

Seat Belts

Since 1985 New York State has had a mandatory seat belt law. This primary enforcement law allows a police officer to stop you and issue you a traffic summons if you are not wearing your seat belt. This law has been documented to save almost 150 lives per year in traffic related crashes and it is estimated that use of seatbelts saves over 400 million dollars in personal injury claims.

In New York State, 30% of all highway deaths occur to occupants that are not wearing seat belts. All new cars sold in the United States are designed and built to safety standards that reach their maximum efficiency if you are wearing your seat belt. Even if your vehicle is equipped with air bags, the use of seat belts by all front seat passengers is mandatory in this state.

According to section 1229-c of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, all front seat passengers must wear an approved seat belt and harness. All rear seat passengers under the age of 16 years old must be wearing a seat belt. The driver of the vehicle is responsible for this compliance with the exception of a person over the sixteen years old who is riding in the front seat of the vehicle. If this person is not wearing the proper seat belt restraint they are liable for the violation. For more information check out the New York State DMV Safety website.

All children under the age of four years-old must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat.

Driving While Intoxicated

It is a violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1192(2) for a person to operate a motor vehicle while such person has .08 per centum or more by weight of alcohol in such person’s blood.

This standard took effect July 1, 2003 in response to extensive research conducted by the National Highway Safety Institute into the significant increases in automobile accidents where the driver is under the influence of what was once thought to be only minor levels of alcohol. For a detailed document on these findings check out the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute.

Most police agencies in New York State participate in the Safe and Sober campaigns that are run throughout our state on a random basis. The West Seneca Police participate in these campaigns and vigorously enforce the vehicle and traffic laws of the State of New York.

All-Night Parking Ban

In an attempt to keep the streets of our town clear from snow in the event of a major snowstorm, The West Seneca Town Board in 1970 establish the All Night Parking Ban under the Town of West Seneca Zoning Laws Section 115-8. This ordinance bans the overnight parking of any vehicles on any town or county road within the geographical boundaries of West Seneca.

The parking ban is in effect from 1am until 7am each day from November 15th to March 15th. The ban is regularly enforced by the midnight patrols, and cars in violation are issued parking tickets. The tickets come with a fine of $15.00. If the fine is not paid within 10 days the fine doubles. Those violators that are persistent are also subject to having their cars towed.

Due to limited off-street parking on some streets near our western boundary with the City of Buffalo, certain streets are exempted by this law.

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