Ryan Bennett Young decideds to pay ticket after being told he get more than twice the fine after trial
GEORGETOWN – A seatbelt challenge before a provincial court judge this week quickly became unbuckled.
Ryan Bennett Young was preparing to have his day in court after he pleaded not guilty to a seatbelt infraction last fall.
An RCMP officer involved was in court and ready to testify, and Young appeared to have his papers in order as he prepared to represent himself with the guidance of an acquaintance.
However, the accused requested an adjournment in the case since he hadn’t received full disclosure of information in the case until just a few minutes before his trial was called by Chief Judge Nancy Orr. Young said a photocopy of the notes of one of the police officers involved had only just been handed to him.
“I haven’t had time to consider this,’’ he told the judge.
Crown prosecutor Nathan Beck said the notes from the police officer were a mere two paragraphs long, but Young said he needed more time to prepare. Meanwhile, Orr said the charge stemmed back to last October and she wasn’t going to grant any further delays.
When Beck advised Orr that the Crown would be seeking the maximum fine in the matter should Young be found guilty, the unbuckling began in earnest.
Failing to wear a seatbelt is a provincial fine of $200 with a $75 surcharge, but contesting the charge in court and being found guilty could result in a maximum $500 fine with a $75 surcharge.
The defendant decided to change his mind in the matter and paid the original fine.