Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crown Tosses Seatbelt Ticket for Saskatchewan Driver with No Arms

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crown Tosses Seatbelt Ticket for Saskatchewan Driver with No Arms

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Man with no arms no longer faces seatbelt fine

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SASKATOON - A seatbelt ticket given to a Saskatchewan driver with no arms has been tossed out of court.

Brent Little, a lawyer representing Steve Simonar, says the Saskatoon prosecutor's office withdrew the $175 ticket after the province granted Simonar an exemption that allows him to drive without a belt.

Simonar, a 55-year-old business man, has been driving modified vehicles using his feet since he lost both of his arms in 1985. He was pulling a boat off Big Shell Lake when its mast hit a power line and he was electrocuted. His friend died in the accident.

Simonar has said surprised officers who pulled him over in the past usually let him off with "have a nice day."

"Nobody ever gave me a seatbelt ticket because, you know, I can't wear one. I can't put it on,'' he said.

He was hurt and angry when a city constable handed him his first ticket during a traffic blitz in April. Simonar said the officer was abrupt and told him if he couldn't wear a seatbelt, he shouldn't be driving. …

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