Those straps that hold you into your seat while in the car are for more than just sweet fashion sense, they’re really there to protect you. In the event of an accident, the CDC reports that you are 50% less likely to sustain serious injury while wearing a seatbelt. But buckling up is more than just for safety: it’s the law.
New Mexico Seat Belt Laws
New Mexico is a primary enforcement state, meaning that you can be pulled over for not wearing your seatbelt and issued a ticket. In other states, the driver must be pulled over for another offense and issued a ticket for a seatbelt violation that way. Other New Mexico seatbelt laws include:
- Everyone, ages 7 and up, must wear a seatbelt if riding in a car
- Children up to 7 and/or less than 60 pounds must ride in a safety seat
- Children ages 7-12 must ride in a booster seat until the seatbelt fits them properly
- Booster seats must be secured with lap and shoulder seatbelts
If you are caught violating any seatbelt law, you can face on a first-offense:
- A $25 penalty
- Two points on your driver’s license
Subsequent infractions will increase the fine and points on your driver’s license. Too many points on your New Mexico driver’s license can add costs to your insurance premium and possibly get your license suspended or revoked.
Got a Fine?
We know it’s no fun to be pulled over and issued a ticket, no matter the reason. But you can take care of it as soon as possibly by bringing it to any MVD Express location. We’ll get you in, done and on your way in no time!