Re: Should I Contest or Mitigate a Traffic Violation when I Was Sited for No Seatbelt
1.) Yep. You always do unless discovery says otherwise.
2.) That depends, again, on discovery. Based on the facts, yes, you should have been cited, unless your car was not on and you were on the side of the road in park.
When I drive, it's seatbelt on > engine on > lights on. That means I won't start the engine until everyone in the car has their's on. Try it sometime?
The thing that you need to remember is that it's a seatbelt ticket, meaning it will not go on your record and will not affect your insurance. I don't know if that has any sway on your decision to go to court...
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