- Jun 21, 2002
- Tell City,IN.
Ok,let me begin this thread by stating some Indiana traffic laws: seat belts are required in all cars/suvs for front passengers only. Trucks do not require the use of these unless passenger is under the age of 6. ? ?Ok,you may see where I am going with this one! It was the 4th and the police were out in heavy force with sobriety check points. We were on our way home from some friends house after a cook out and fireworks get together.It was late and my son and wife were already asleep in the back seat. I normally(95% of the time) wear my seatbelt but this time I wasn't so lucky. So I get stopped at the checkpoint and he asks if I had been drinking.I told him the truth that I had 2 beers all night long and that was it. He asked my to take a breathalizer and I agreed to(if you refuse,you lose your liscense automatically for 1yr.) I didn't even register on it so he being frustrated began to dig deeper! he asked about my sleeping wife if she was intoxicated(remember,she is sleeping in the back!),I told her she doesn't drink. He then asked me if I ever wear my seatbelt and told him i usually do,just got in a hurry and forgot.so he begin with the speech of seatbelts and their purpose and I interupted him and told i heard it all b4,I will put it on,just let us get home so we can get my now crying 20month old son home to bed. He didn't like that at all! I was mad because he now shined his flashlight at my son and woke him up and he was mad because I didn't register for drinking on his little tale-tale machine! He wrote me aticket for no seatbelt on while driving in a "suv". I told him it was a truck,it had correct truck plates on it and he was wrong.Well,he got even more mad at that and wanted to check my son's baby seat for correct installation!!! I told him,"get yourself a search warrant before you even think of opening that f***ing door." He just said here is your seatbelt violation sir,be careful on your way home." I then replied"I'll won't pay this,I'll fight it and you better be in court to back it up you prick" He then just tipped his hat with a smile and walked off! So,what are they,trucks or SUV's? Mine has truck vanity tags on it but a suv can too. I guess it's going to all boil down to what the judge thinks. I am gathering all information on them that refers to them as trucks(like GM pamplets and stuff) to take with me to court. I know the violation is only $35 but it is the way the officer behaved that makes me want to fight this in traffic court next month. What do you all think,fight it or just pay the stupid thing and let it go? My buddy who is a police officer says"fight it" he says he knows the other officer and he is known for stupid things like that and gets most of his tickets thrown out in traffic court. Any information leading to more referals as "pick-ups or trucks"will be helpful. sorry so long,had to rant to my fellow brothers on this one!