What are the Rules for Having a Child in a Seat Belt?
There are distinct rules regulating child safety in motor vehicles. Failure to properly observe those rules can result in a hefty ticket, points against your license, and opening yourself to years of insurance increases.
Several municipalities around the State have increased their enforcement of these rules and have gone so far as to have road side check points to check if children are properly seat belted.
Tough Love: due to the sensitive nature of these types of tickets, many prosecutors have drawn a line in the sand and have refused to plea bargain these tickets. As such, you may be left with either pleading guilty or taking your case to trial.
Possible Defenses: while the following may mitigate the situation, they are not legal defenses and will not result in a dismissal:
- I didn't know my child should have been in the back seat;
- My child wiggled out of the seat belt;
- My child was on my lap; or
- I left my booster chair in my other car.
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