Many Florida drivers are unaware of the hefty fine they face if caught driving without a seat belt. In response to the new state law making seat-belt violations a primary offense, an Orlando traffic ticket law firm is advocating for drivers who were uninformed. Skubiak & Rivas, P.A., is offering free representation to drivers ticketed in Orange County solely for not buckling up.
(PRWEB) July 31, 2009 -- A new Florida traffic ticket law makes driving without a seat belt a primary offense - meaning an officer can ticket a motorist solely for not buckling up.
The law took effect June 30, but many drivers don't know of its existence or consequences.To help these uninformed motorists, Orlando traffic ticket law firm Skubiak & Rivas, P.A., has offered free representation to drivers ticketed in Orange County under the primary offense seat-belt law.
"The way Florida publicizes the law is to enforce it," said attorney Alain Rivas. "The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles should do a better job of raising awareness."
Already, hundreds of drivers have been ticketed under the new law, signed by Gov. Charlie Crist in May.
During the Fourth of July weekend, the Florida Highway Patrol ticketed more than 300 drivers for violating the primary offense seat-belt law.
Adults who don't buckle up face a $30 fine. Then counties and local law-enforcement agencies add court and administrative fees. In Orange County, that fine becomes $96. The ticket does not add any points to the driver's license.
The law already allowed for enforcement for drivers and passengers under the age of 18.
Attorneys Robert P. Skubiak and Alain Rivas do not take issue with the seat-belt law itself.
However, considering that the law will generate significant revenue for state and local governments, it is vital that drivers have an advocate for their rights, according to Skubiak.
"We want to send a message to these agencies that if they're going to write a ticket, they should have the intentions and the resources to support it," Rivas said.
Clients of Skubiak & Rivas don't need to take off work to contest their cases in court.
"All they have to do is give us a call, and we'll do the paperwork and we'll go to court," Rivas said.
If the officer who wrote a ticket does not come to court or cannot recollect the circumstances of the ticket, the case is dismissed.
For more information on how to appeal a traffic ticket in court, click on http://www.trafficlawfirm.com.
Skubiak & Rivas, P.A. specializes in Orlando traffic cases. With more than 22 years of experience, the attorneys at Skubiak & Rivas are exclusively dedicated to serving Florida traffic tickets and Florida criminal defense cases, including Florida DUI and Orlando speeding tickets.
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