What is the name of your state? California (L.A. County)
I have read number of threads addressing this issue; thank you to all those senior members including CourtClerk and Carl for sharing your experiences and advice! I got some questions though,
1. Is there lesser amount for person wearing seatbelt (though "improperly") AND first offense? Sorry, for silly question, but I am not working currently...
2. Is the amount the same for person not wearing seatbelt at all?
3. I wore the seatbelt under my armpit for 2 reasons. My injury and the fact that I saw the middle rear seat with 1 restraint over the abdominal area, leading me to believe that it may be OK to improvise due to my pain (2 scars on my shoulder; have not visited doctor). The question: Then, why is it OK for some vehicles to be equipped with abdominal restraint on middle rear seats? Couldn't my improper wear been excused since it closely resembles that of rear middle seat restraint?
I didn't know there were other drivers who wear seatbelt under armpit like I did. Wow.
Thank you all for reading this and your replies! Happy holidays all!
Here's what happened at LAX.
As usual, I went to pick up my friend getting off work at LAX. Not seeing my friend, I called my friend to let her know that I was going to return to the spot.
As I pulled in from corner of Terminal 3 and Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), I noticed a motorcycle officer sitting on his bike in front of TBIT. He pulled behind me, for no apparent reason other than cell phone usage (I didn't do anything to attract attention...).
Pulled me over at the corner of Terminal 4 and TBIT. He walked up toward my window and acknowledged me wearing seatbelt, but told me that he was giving me a ticket for not properly wearing seatbelt. I put the top part of the seatbelt under my armpit since I hurt myself during the move. (Got the 2 scars still there; I haven't visited doctor)
He began repeating like a broken record, "oh it's real cheap, around $35" three times. What do you know. I got a fine / bail amount and it's at $93.
I was wearing seatbelt. I improvised and wore it in a way to help alleviate the pain caused by moving heavy boxes... I thought this was something that could've gone with verbal warning, since I was wearing seatbelt... I think this is a bit different from someone not wearing seatbelt at all!