My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: WA
What is the best procedure for dealing with a seatbelt ticket when you were in fact wearing a seatbelt?
I put my seatbelt on while driving in a grocery store parking lot. And was pulled over a few blocks away. The officer asked why I wasn't wearing it. I am now trying to remember what I said. I think I said that I put my seatbelt on as I left lunch.
My truck has a canopy and I can't see how he could have seen it on or off, but occasionally there is slack in the belt that will hang out of the door. I was wearing it when I saw his lights come on.
Looking at the citation it reads: "Seatbelt Violation"
He also cited statute: 46.61.668
That particular statute relates to talking on the phone or texting while driving. 46.61.688 relates to seatbelts.
There is no other information on the ticket. What other evidence might the officer have, other than his word?
I don't want to go into court with a botched infraction number and nothing else, but if need be I can do that.
I would love to know if he wrote anything else down, but it isn't on the ticket if he did. With that in mind, I thought I would send in the ticket "contested" and then request all evidence relating to the case immediately as soon as I had a response back. Can I request all evidence when I submit my ticket response as "contested" or do I need to wait?
Also I am going to be traveling and don't want to end up with a court date that conflicts with being out of the country. Can I request a date after my return at the same time I submit my ticket response?
Can I request dismissal at the same time?