What To Do About a Seatbelt Ticket in Florida—We Know
Seatbelts ensure the safety of the driver and passengers, but if you forgot to put yours on, you probably got a ticket. Did you know that you can fight your citation? In this article, we will explain how to get your seatbelt ticket in Florida dismissed. We’ll also answer the following questions:
- What’s the cost of a seatbelt ticket?
- Do you get demerit points for not wearing a seatbelt?
- Is not wearing a seatbelt a moving violation?
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Florida seatbelt law stipulates that the driver and front-seat passengers must wear their seatbelts. The driver also has to make sure that every passenger younger than 18 is properly restrained. If not, the driver could face a citation for every passenger under 18 not wearing a seatbelt.
Florida is a primary enforcement state—this means that a law enforcement officer may pull over a car if they see that someone isn’t wearing a seatbelt.
- Children who are under four must be restrained in a car seat
- All children who are four or five have to be in a car or booster seat
- All kids under the age of 13 must always ride in the back seat and have seatbelts on
There are a few exemptions to the seatbelt law in Florida. People who don’t need to wear seatbelts are:
- Drivers or passengers who have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a seatbelt
- Passengers of school buses purchased before December 31, 2000
- Drivers of trucks that weigh more than 26,000 pounds
Not wearing a seatbelt in Florida isn’t a moving violation, but the seatbelt ticket may go on your driver record and get you points. This can happen if you decide to pay for your ticket, which means that you’re admitting guilt. You could get three points on your license for not wearing a seatbelt in Florida, which could affect your insurance rates.
If you violate a seatbelt law, you can pay the following fines:
- $30 for the driver and all passengers over 18 who aren’t buckled up
- $60 for any child not restrained in a proper child safety seat
If you received a seatbelt ticket, you’ll be happy to know that there is a way to contest it. First, you need to determine your defense. There are two main ways you can argue your case. Check out the table below for more details:
|Reasonable doubt||If the law enforcement officer issued a ticket unfairly, you can argue that they were wrong to do so. Use this argument only if you were wearing your seatbelt and the officer made a mistake.|
|Due diligence defense||If you weren’t wearing a seatbelt, you’ll need to have a valid excuse. The due diligence defense means that you:
You might be tempted to hire an attorney to defend you, but consider that lawyer fees could cost you as much as the seatbelt ticket itself and more.
We have a simpler and more affordable way for you to contest your citation. If you use our platform, you’ll only need to provide a few details, and we’ll create a strong appeal letter that can help you get your ticket dismissed.
To help you avoid the complicated process of contesting seatbelt tickets yourself, DoNotPay created a Seatbelt Ticket feature designed to generate a convincing appeal letter. Once we draft your letter, we’ll send it to the Florida seatbelt ticket authorities, making it possible for you to get the citation dismissed.
To use DoNotPay’s helpful feature, you only need to:
- Sign in to your profile and select the Seatbelt Ticket product
- Upload a picture of your ticket
- Provide information about the situation through a simple questionnaire
- Choose the argument you’d like to use
Using the answers you provided, our app will draw up a fully personalized appeal letter in no time.
DoNotPay has plenty of other useful guides you can consult if you’re still confused about seatbelt laws. We’ll answer the following questions for you and more:
- When did wearing a seatbelt become a law?
- How can you keep a child from unbuckling a seatbelt?
- Which are the pros and cons of wearing seatbelts?
- Should not wearing a seatbelt be illegal?
- What are the consequences of not wearing a seatbelt?
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