- December 1, 2007 at 4:30 am #254541
My 16 y/o has driver’s education this semester and I asked her what she’s
learned this type of situation. The instructor told the class that if you are
pulled over, never undo your seatbelt and never try to quickly buckle your belt.
The arm movements arouse suspicion in the police, for good reason. You might be
fiddling with your seatbelt, but the next guy might be reaching for or
concealing a weapon, who knows. Safest thing to do is keep both hands on the
steering wheel within the officer’s vision.
From: herberkids3 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 2007/12/01 Sat PM 01:02:11 CST
Subject: Budget101.com : Re: Advoce on a no seat belt ticket
If the seat belt was off when he approached the car, he is well
within his rights to ticket for it. You would have to be able to
prove or make a good case for the reason why the seatbelt was undone
when it was for the judge to dismiss it.
Seatbelt laws are getting very strict and the police are rather
ticket happy when it comes to it, for good reason.
Honestly, I don’t think you’d be able to argue your way out of it,
but if you really think you might be able to, then push it to court.
I’ve only ever fought one ticket, and I won, but it wasn’t a ticket
issued directly to me, it was a ticket issued through the mail based
on what 1 person said happened, as opposed to what actually
happened. When it came time for court, the other person
conveinently “forgot” that anything had happened at all, and the
ticket was dismissed.
But fighting a direct police issued ticket is a lot harder because
it’s your word against a police officer.
> Yesterday I was stopped by a police officer for not wearing the
seat belt. The mistake I made was to unclick the seat belt when he
puled me over, I panicked. In all honesty I was wearing it but he
gave me a ticket. I didn’t think I did anything wrong and forgot
the seat belt law. I live in Illinois.
> He was following me and I didn’t notice him till he turned on the
siren. He was upset and asked me why I didn’t stop when I sew him.
I didn’t see him, I was looking for an Estate Sale and turning my
head left and right, so he thought that I was ignoring him. I am
short and was wearing a bulky coat that was unzipped. I think that
for that reason he didn’t see me buckled when I went past him. I
showed him how fast I can buckle up hoping he would see that I do
use my seat belt.
> I can pay $55 or go to court. If I were to go to court do I stand
a chance or will I have to pay the $55 plus court costs. If you
know anything about this problem please give me your input.
> Thank you,
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