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Testing Seat Belt Law, Kansas Man Buckles Up in an Unusual Manner

Posted Jan 6, 2011 6:54 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Kansas law requires motorists to buckle up. But it doesn't say their seat belts have to be attached to their vehicles, Paul Weigand argues.

Due to a phobia about being trapped by a seat belt during an accident, he developed a special freestanding seat belt that he wears even when he's not in his car, reports KWCH 12 Eyewitness News.

Stopped recently by police in Wichita, he reports that they found his seat belt amusing but ticketed him anyway. Weigand appeared in the city's municipal court today to plead not guilty and have his case set for trial.

"No where in the ordinance does it say it has to be attached to the vehicle. So I'm testing the law," he states.

The article links to a video of Weigand wearing his customized seat belt.

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