Police, judge wouldn't listen to my seat belt issue

2013-08-25T00:00:00Z Police, judge wouldn't listen to my seat belt issue nwitimes.com
August 25, 2013 12:00 am

On May 24, I was driving with a friend on Columbia. I was pulled over by a lieutenant in an unmarked car who said I wasn't wearing my seat belt properly.

The seat belt was on, but under my arm and not across by shoulder. I tried to explain I had surgery on my neck (skin cancer from the seat belt rubbing and the sun) He said, "You don't get skin cancer from seat belts," and he gave me a ticket to appear in court.

So I gathered up all by surgery information, picture of my neck, dermatologist's report, etc., and appeared in court July 25.

I tried to explain, but the judge said, "That's not the way you wear a seat belt, $25, next case." I was intimidated and sat down without saying anything.

I should have let the judge know it wasn't my fault he was in a bad mood and had hundreds of cases to try.

It's not the $25 fine; it's the principle.

- Gloria Miller, Merrillville

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