I Was Just Pulled Over by a Police Officer and Was Cited for Not Wearing a Seat Belt, When in Fact, I Was Wearing it, and I'm Not Unhappy
As a Philadelphia car accident lawyer and automotive product liability attorney who has handled some of the most horrific cases involving catastrophic injury and death due to victims not wearing a seat belt or a seat belt failure due to defective seat belt design, I was somewhat shocked when I got pulled over by a police officer who claimed that I was not wearing a seat belt when in fact I was.
As a person who never wore a seat belt for many years, I began to habitually wear them after witnessing horrific injuries and loss of life by careless victims who did not understand the importance of the same.
Although I was initially disappointed when I was stopped by the police officer; in fact, I was glad to learn after speaking with him that local police are stepping up their efforts to ensure that all drivers and passengers are buckled in for safety. After I explained my position to the police officer and thanked him for enforcing this necessary law and making others aware of the dangers, I was able to talk my way out of a fine.
The traffic officer informed me that extra seat belt enforcement patrols were being stepped up due to the fact that most of the deaths occurring in motor vehicle accidents are the result of people not wearing seat belts.
The primary seat belt law requires that all drivers and passengers in all seating positions, including the back seat, be safely buckled up with a seat belt or be placed in a correct child restraint. If you are not properly seat belted, you will be stopped and ticketed.
The Philadelphia car accident law firm of Reiff and Bily has been committed to consumer and vehicular safety for over three decades. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation to victims and their families injured in motor vehicle accidents.