Seat Belt Laws And Pregnancy

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DUESEPTEMBER28TH - March 12

OK I GOT STOPPED YESTURDAY AFTER LEAVING THE ER FOR PASSING OUT. I GOT A TICKET FOR $75 FOR NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT. BUT I WAS JUST DOING WHAT THE DOCTOR SAID. I WAS GIVEN A LIST OF THINGS THAT COULD MAKE ME PASS OUT. BEING SCARED, CONFINED, OVEREXERTION, LYING OR SITTING TOO LONG, ETC, WILL MAKE ME PASS OUT AGAIN. I FEEL LIKE THEY(POLICE) WOULD LIKE TO SEE ME PASS OUT BEHIND THE WHEEL LIKE I WAS FEELING, SO I TOOK THE THING OFF. AM I WRONG FOR BEING SO PISSED ABOUT THIS TICKET? I HAVEN'T HAD A TICKET IN SO LONG.

 

lisarenee - March 12

Plead your case in front of a judge!

 

Tammy276 - March 12

So, anywhere on the list did it say "don't wear a seatbelt?".......Sorry, but the police are just doing their jobs and yes, you are wrong for being p__sed about gettting a ticket for not wearing your seatbelt......sorry, I'm not trying to be harsh, but how is wearing a seatbelt going to make you pa__s out? There is a reason they make a law to wear seatbelts, it saves lives!! And not only do you have one life to worry about right now, you have 2!! If you are that worried about pa__sing out behind the wheel, then maybe you shouldn't be driving.......and if you were in the ER for pa__sing out, why did you drive yourself there to begin with?

 

ginger6363 - March 12

If you explain your case to the prosecutor/judge and show them the doctor's note, they might go easy on you or dismiss the ticket altogether. That said, tammy makes a good point. Maybe you should have some else drive you around so you can wear a safety belt to protect you and your baby and not risk pa__sing at the wheel?

 

DownbutnotOUT - March 12

1 main thing is if your pa__sing out than WHY THE HECK ARE YOU DRIVING????? i would pay the ticket and be quiet because if you go to court the judge can and might slap you with another fine, such as dangerous driving. The feel the police gave you a break for if I was an officer and someone told me your story I would confiscate your vehicle and charge you. Sorry but if your pa__sing out you have no right to get behind a vehicle you become a danger to yourself and others.

 

Tammy276 - March 12

My husband is a police officer and to be honest, I wouldn't try fighting the ticket....No excuse you give a judge is going to be good enough for not wearing a seatbelt.....being pregnant doesn't excuse you from the laws that everyone else has to follow, and your doctor can't tell you not to wear your seatbelt.......in my first trimester, I fel like c___p and was lightheaded all the time......so I wouldn't drive because I didn't feel safe driving.....but wearing a seatbelt is not going to make you pa__s out.

 

MrsShelton217 - March 13

IF your doctor said "Don't where a seatbelt" (and it's in writting) you can get out of the ticket. However, if he just said feeling confined could cause it, and you felt confined by wearing it, then you won't have much luck getting out of the ticket. THERE ARE SOME PREGNANCIES that doctors will sugest the mother not to wear a seatbelt... If the pregnancy is high risk (in which case, most of the time the mother will be ban from driving, and most other times the mother will be on bedrest...) but anyway, I have heard of it. In fact, one of my good friends was advised not to wear a seatbelt until she was big enough for the seatbelt to go under her belly rather than across it. Talk to your doctor and see exactly what he meant. Don't mention the ticket right away.. just ask him if you should or shouldn't wear one. Good luck... and if you do feel faint.. try to avoid driving. :)

 

kerryv - March 13

if your doctor says you shouldnt be wearing a seatbelt then get a new doctor b/c he is an idiot. also, if you cannot wear a seatbelt without pa__sing out, dont drive. you should always wear a seatbelt.

 

lqtoo - March 13

Sorry, I know this is slightly off-topic, but I keep seeing you posting in all capital letters, and it is starting to drive me crazy. Maybe you are not computer-savvy enough to know that in chat-rooms and forums, all-caps means that you are yelling. It's really impolite. It is also really hard to read. Back to the topic at hand...I agree with the other posters - why were you driving in the first place if you are pa__sing out? And wearing your seatbelt could be the one thing that saves your life in case of an accident. Just pay the ticket and avoid a useless and stressful fight with the courts.

 

Tammy276 - March 13

Sorry MrsShelton, I have to correct you...I don't know how the laws are where you live, but getting a note from your doctor that says "don't wear your seatbelt" isn't going to get you out of a ticket.....you know what the cops would say? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! don't drive in a vehicle!! A doctor CANNOT overwrite the laws and tell a patient not to wear a seatbelt.....Wearing a seatbelt is a nationwide law!! And no doctors note is going to get you out of that........that would be like a doctor saying "its o.k. for her to shoot cocaine to ease some of her pain"......do you think they cops arent' going to give her a ticket for that because she has a doctors note saying its ok? I dont think so!

 

MrsShelton217 - March 13

Well, the window tint law is national too.. and I know for a fact that a docs note DOES override that... because I have one! Tammy, I don't want to sound harsh, or rude, but I have noticed on several of your other posts that you seem to have the "right" answers to everything. I am not here to argue... I just think that everyone on here is ent_tled to give an opinion... and I don't think that you should "correct" anyone.

 

lqtoo - March 13

I googled seatbelt law exceptions and here's what I found: Seatbelt laws do not apply to - "A person who has in his possession at the time of the conduct in question a written statement from a physician or licensed chiropractor that he is unable, for medical or physical reasons, to wear a seat belt." It doesn't sound like she fits the bill as she had nothing specific in writing at that time from her doctor saying she should not wear a seat belt.

 

MrsShelton217 - March 13

Thank you LQTOO.... It always helps when people include a reference when they state facts. I think we really should all do that when we are giving "actual" information rather than just an opinion. again.... thank you.

 

DUESEPTEMBER28TH - March 13

Thank you for all the responses, and to let everyone know I was at work I went to the hospital via ambulance( not me driving), later when I was release and feeling a bit better, I went to pick up my car.

 

Tammy276 - March 13

I wasn't giving an opinion, I was stating a fact of how it works around here........."actual" information. Sorry that I believe my husband since how he's been a police officer for 8 years.. If you don't like my responses, then don't read them.......and a lot of the information I give IS correct because I've either searched it myself or talked to my doctor...and if I see someone giving incorrect information, maybe I feel the need to "correct" that information so that someone does't get the incorrect information.

 

ginger6363 - March 13

None of us is experts in the law.....but my husband is a prosecutor and just b/c something is illegal doesn't mean your ticket will be upheld. If the situation warrants it, the prosecutor and the judge can dismiss your case. My husband has on occasion, when it was the "right" thing to do, outrightly dismissed tickets. In fact, I asked him about this situation last night (hypothetically). He said if you the person had a doctor's note, he would dismiss the ticket but he would be sure to give the PG lady a "good, stern lecture." Of course, dismissing a case is totally up to the individual prosector and/or judge so everywhere is different.

 

Tammy276 - March 13

You are right...is it up to the judge because unfortunately judges can pretty much do whatever they want. And it should be the DOCTOR getting the stern lecture, not the pregnant lady (well maybe her too, but more the doctor). Sorry, but I can't think of any situation where a person would be "safer" not wearing a seatbelt, and for a doctor to write a not for a pregnant lady to not wear one, that is just ridiculous..........the consequences are far worse not wearing a seatbelt than if you wear one....even during pregnancy.

 

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