What is the name of your state? CA
The California Vehicle Code states: "A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a highway unless that person and all passengers 16 years of age or over are properly restrained by a safety belt."
Does anyone know where "proper" is defined? I can see online that people are given tickets for tucking the seatbelt under the arm, but I would like to know if there is some credible source of evidence that defines for a person what the law considers proper or not. Has anyone ever heard of a successful defense against the word proper, if it is not defined?
Further, I note the law talks about operating a motor vehicle on a highway. This seems weird, as I would never expect that it's ok to not wear a seatbelt on a normal street....what am I missing? Are all streets considered highways technically?
Finally, the CVC also says: any violation of subdivision (d), (e), or (f) is an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than twenty dollars ($20) for a first offense.
Yet, I have been reading about tickets more like in the range of $80. Anyone know how that might be? I just got my ticket a couple hours ago, so not sure how much mine will be...