NYS VTL Law
Vehicle and Traffic Law
New York State Consolidated Laws
Article 34B - NY Vehicle and Traffic Law
|1260||Effect of regulations.|
|1261||Traffic laws apply to persons riding or leading horses.|
|1262||Riding on roadways, shoulders and horse paths.|
|1264||Ban on night riding.|
|1265||Wearing of helmets.|
S 1260. Effect of regulations. (a) The parent of any child and the
guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such
child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this article.
(b) These regulations applicable to horses shall apply whenever a
horse is ridden or led upon any highway and upon private roads open to
public motor vehicle traffic.
S 1261. Traffic laws apply to persons riding or leading horses. Every
person riding or leading a horse upon a roadway shall be granted all
rights and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to the driver
of a vehicle by this title, except as to special regulations in this
article and except as to those provisions of this title which by their
nature can have no application.
S 1262. Riding on roadways, shoulders and horse paths. (a) Upon all
roadways, horses shall be ridden or led either near the right hand curb
or edge of the roadway or upon a usable right-hand shoulder, lane or
path in such a manner as to prevent undue interference with the flow of
(b) Persons riding or leading horses upon a roadway shall do so single
(c) Any person riding or leading a horse who is entering the roadway
from a private road, driveway, alley or over a curb shall bring the
horse to a full stop before entering the roadway.
S 1263. Carrying articles. No person riding or leading a horse shall
carry any package, bundle, or article which prevents such person from
keeping at least one hand upon the reins.
S 1264. Ban on night riding. No person shall ride or lead a horse upon
a roadway during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half
hour before sunrise. The provisions of this section shall not apply to
horse-drawn carriages or carts or police officers, peace officers or
park rangers mounted on horseback.
S 1265. Wearing of helmets. 1. No person less than fourteen years of
age shall ride a horse unless such person is wearing a helmet meeting or
exceeding ASTM F1163 (Safety Equipment Institute certified) Equestrian
Standard. For purposes of this section, "certified" shall mean that the
helmet's manufacturer agrees to the rules and provisions of a system
that includes independent testing and quality control audits, and that
each helmet manufactured by such manufacturer is permanently marked with
the certifying body's registered mark or logo before such helmet is sold
or offered for sale. For the purposes of this section, wearing a helmet
means having a helmet fastened securely upon the head using the
manufacturer's fitting guidelines for the particular model used.
2. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall pay a
civil fine not to exceed fifty dollars. A police officer shall only
issue a summons for a violation of this section by a person less than
fourteen years of age to the parent or guardian of such person if the
violation by such person occurs in the presence of such person's parent
or guardian and where such parent or guardian is eighteen years of age
or more. Such summons shall only be issued to such parent or guardian,
and shall not be issued to the person less than fourteen years of age.
3. (a) The court shall waive any civil fine for which a person who
violates the provisions of this section would be liable if such person
supplies the court with proof that between the date of violation and the
appearance date for such violation such person purchased or rented a
(b) The court may waive any civil fine for which a person who violates
the provisions of the section would be liable if the court finds that
due to reasons of economic hardship such person was unable to purchase a
4. The failure of any person to comply with the provisions of this
section shall not constitute contributory negligence or assumption of
risk, and shall not in any way bar, preclude or foreclose an action for
personal injury or wrongful death by or on behalf of such person, nor in
any way diminish or reduce the damages recoverable in any such action.
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