By TinyBouvier - 27/10/2014 08:04 - Belgium - Gent
LittleDoggo tells us more.
My friend parked between two other cars and as I was about to get out of the car, he said, "hold on, I'm gonna move to that spot", since he noticed the parking spot in front of him had more room. So he slowly drove forward for a few meters and then we were parked again. It was such a small distance and at such low speed that I didn't bother to buckle up again. Unfortunately for me, the police officer who saw me in those five seconds where I wasn't wearing the seatbelt, didn't believe me when I tried to explain that I had just unbuckled my seatbelt moments before we moved to that parking spot. He was firmly convinced that I wasn't wearing my seatbelt the whole time and gave me a fine of 110€... That's roughly 139$. I fear I won't be able to fight this ticket. After a quick search on Google, I found out that in Belgium the parking lot of a store is also considered a "public road". Ridiculous.
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In the county and state I live in there's still quotas. I've been told that and more people will get pulled over at the end of the month because of it. That's my experience I didn't know it was different elsewhere. And #52 I've been driving for 10 years and haven't gotten a single ticket.
Quotas don't exist. They're illegal by law. The term quota was made up by people who hate the police. Also, this FML is interesting because in some states the police don't have jurisdiction on private property (like some parking lots) and can't ticket you for some things such as expired registration, not wearing a seatbelt, not stopping at a stop sign, etc. It's different by every state.
uncle who was federal police, they don't have official quotas but they do have statics for the area. so if they find you havent ticketed someone to equal out the percentage of that crime in the area you'll get reprimanded. it's also because they'd get less funding if they were found to have less crime than predicted
That police officer was just being a dick you should fight it in court
Didn't your mama ever tell you to keep your seatbelt on until the car was off? Lol I'd get my hand popped whenever I tried that
I'd look into your country's definition of when a seat-belt is needed. If at all possible, contest this.
"click it or ticket" is bullshit. Traffic laws are important because my driving fast or running stoplights can harm others, but seat belt laws only impact the safety of the person deciding not to wear their seat belt. In a free society, it's not the government's job to protect me from myself. Wearing a seatbelt is a good idea, and I'm not saying that people shouldn't wear them...but legislating it is asinine. If I choose to take that risk for myself, it's none of the government's business.
Wrong #58, you not wearing a seat belt also psychologically impacts the poor person who then has to pick your pieces up off the road and clean up the mess you've left behind. Trust me, you they can get counselling, but you never truly get over things like that.
I watched a video once (for drivers ed) where a person in the back seat who didn't have a seatbelt on flew around in the car during a car accident and managed to kill the other people in the car too. You not wearing your seatbelt not only poses a risk to yourself, it's a risk to everyone else in the car with you.