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New York Traffic Laws

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Below you will find links to traffic laws and driving rules in New York -- including the online vehicle code, statutes on common traffic violations, and state-specific driving manuals (where available).

  • New York Driver's Manual
Drinking & Driving Violations Alcohol and Drug-Related Offenses (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code Article 31)
Driving Without a License / With a Suspended License Licensing of drivers; violations (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code section 509)
Driving Without Insurance / With Insufficient Insurance Financial security; registration (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code section 312)
Driving Without Registration / With Expired Registration Registration of motor vehicles (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code section 401)
Illegal U-Turn U-turns in certain areas prohibited (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code section 1161)
Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit & Run Leaving scene of an accident without reporting (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code section 600)
Mechanical Violations Equipment of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code Article 9)
Reckless Driving Reckless driving (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code section 1212)
Running a Red Light / Stop Sign Traffic signs, signals, and markings (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code Article 24)
Seat Belt / Child Restraint Violations Operation of vehicles with safety seats and safety belts (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code section 1229-c)
Speeding Speed restrictions (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code Article 30)
Unlawful Vehicle Modifications Equipment of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles (NY Vehicle & Traffic Code Article 9)

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