Woman evades police because she wasn't wearing her seatbelt.
by, June 4th, 2008 at 06:51 PM (315 Views)
Every year, New Jersey has a highly publicized Click it or Ticket campaign as soon as summer crowds start fleeing to their second homes on the Jersey Shore.
For us locals, we are already aware that these rich kids are now in our neighborhood and are usually reckless during their vacation. It's party season for them which makes our daily errands an all day event. Of course, one can't complain about the amount of entertainment we receive in such a short season. It really makes up for those boring winter months.
With that said, seatbelts have never really been a problem for me. I don't trust drivers out there and always take the time to buckle myself up to assure my safety.
According to the campaign, many drivers actually need to feel the threat of getting a ticket before they will buckle up. Whatever works I guess. New Jersey boasts that they are at an all time high with 91.4% of drivers buckling up and always do their campaign before the deadly summer season, when most accidents occur.
Now, when I say this is a highly publicized occasion, I mean HIGHLY. They have it printed in all of our local papers, it is posted on billboards, on community boards, and there are numerous commercials about the enforcement and zero tolerance that is about to begin. They even announce the dates that they will be out doing the stops, what routes they will be on, and trust me, they are there. The only thing they don't tell you is what time they would be there.
It seems completely rational to me that if you are not going to be wearing your seatbelt, that you would just avoid these routes altogether.
One particular woman must have been living under a rock or felt she was above law enforcement.
Paula C. Robbins, of West Cape May, was stopped and told to pull into a parking lot as she was not wearing her seatbelt. After hearing this, she flat out refused, became argumentative with police officials, and then fled the area.
As she was driving away, two patrol officers jumped into their vehicles found her, not too far away, stuck on a dead end road and desperately trying to turn around. Police stopped her and took her to the police station to be booked. She was then handed a summons and was released.
She was charged with Obstruction of Justice and she still got a ticket for not wearing her seatbelt.
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