Inquiry:  I was in the passenger seat of the vehicle. I was wearing my seatbelt. I needed my cell phone to make an emergency phone call and had to bend forwards to reach to look for it. I could not reach it and therefore had to undo the seatbelt. I could not find it and had a short say 30 seconds discussion with the driver before putting on the seatbelt again. I was stopped and given a ticket even though I was wearing the seatbelt when stopped. The policeman recorded me admitting that I had taken off the seatbelt and put it back on. Is this charge legal??

Response:  Yes, the charge is a valid charge.  Whether or not the matter would go to conviction at court would be a separate issue.  We could certainly look at the Prosecutor’s evidence on your behalf to see if there may be a grounds to have the charge thrown out before or at trial.  If you would like to have us represent you in this matter, we offer a no-cost initial review of cases via our toll-free number 1-866-801-8299.

Greg Currie
Office Manager (London)