A recent road safety report made stark reading for NJ drivers and regulators. Expert analysis conducted by road safety organizations concluded with a recommendation that seatbelt usage be enforceable by law, according to NJ1015, along with a raft of other measures. As legislation changes, this will necessitate a change in behavior by drivers to stay safe – both physically and from legal issues.
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Currently, it is against the law to not wear a seatbelt in New Jersey – as pointed out by USA Today, it has been for three decades. The problem arises in the way the law is pursued; currently, you will only be written up for not wearing a seatbelt if there was a prior violation. Police cannot stop you simply for this act. As this changes, motorists will need to be more strict with the vehicle they use and its safety features. It will be important to look at expert car reviews to gain an understanding of vehicles, their features, and safety measures to ensure compliance.
Car upgrades is one thing; planning ahead to avoid dangerous roads where people skirt the rules is another. More work is ongoing in NJ in this regard. According to My Central Jersey, Somerset County are widening a review of their most dangerous roads to what will hopefully be a state-wide effort. This will bring two factors into play: one, more surveillance and policing on these roads. Two, an improvement in standards via public safety campaigns.
When law changes, it can be a challenge to navigate the new legislative environment. Road laws can be improperly applied, and there can be confusion between driver and traffic officer, even in routine stops. As a result, it’s a good idea to get covered for any legal issues, especially if you have an older vehicle. Assume that there may be a degree of confusion in any road stops, and aim to have a good attorney retained to ensure that issues are smoothed out.
New Jersey has safe roads, but more can be done – and now, changes are coming. Focused around making the roads safer, they could create legal confusion. Moving to protect yourself and your vehicle today is the best way to address this and ensure that you are not left out of pocket, or unsafe, once the relevant measures come in to place.