Recently my mom and I were driving to the UPS store before it closed to mail a package for my niece’s birthday, and we were going a little fast and got pulled over. While the cop gave us a warning for speeding, he ticketed her for both her seat belt being on incorrectly, and for mine being incorrect as well. I had no idea that if your seat belt was not on right, you could get a ticket. Boy, was I wrong, and he lined us both out good.
If you have your seat belt on and remove it before the cop gets to your window so you can reach over to your glove box and get your information, you risk getting a ticket. Why? Because then you have to prove you were wearing a seat belt prior to being pulled over, even if the cop says they saw you with one on and saw you unbuckle yourself. You can get a ticket just to teach you a lesson. Stay buckled until the cop gets to your window and verifies that your seat belt is indeed on.
If you wear your shoulder strap behind you or if your shoulder strap is not tight enough to sit closely to your body, you could get a ticket for it. I always drive with my seat belt on, but with the shoulder strap behind my back because it digs into my face because I’m so short. I got a ticket for it. Why? A few reasons- a cop can’t tell you’re wearing your seat belt because they can’t see the shoulder strap over your shoulder, and you’re also not using the seat belt correctly since the strap is designed to sit tightly over your shoulder. I tried telling the cop that the strap digs into my face, and even pulled out my strap and showed him, but he just told me to get a booster seat and that if I have this many issues with my height and driving, I should get a strap adjuster or sit on a pillow. No sympathy at all from that guy.
He went on to say that if you wear a shoulder strap too loosely you could get a ticket, if you have your seat belt on but not buckled you could get a ticket, and if your lap belt is also too loose you could get a ticket, since the purpose of wearing a seat belt is to protect you, but only if you’re wearing it correctly.
So we thanked the officer for the advice, and took our $15 seat belt ticket in stride ($10 for the driver, $5 for the passenger). While we may have actually been wearing our seat belts, we took a small lashing, and learned that you CAN get a ticket for wearing a seat belt if you’re not wearing it the right way. Lesson learned.