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Armless man wins seatbelt ticket challenge

07/23/2013 04:26 EDT | Updated 09/22/2013 05:12 EDT
Steve Simonar, the armless Saskatoon man who was ticketed and fined for not wearing a seatbelt, has won a court challenge of his ticket.

A judge tossed out the case after the Crown prosecutor withdrew the ticket. Simonar now has an exemption to drive without a belt.

Simonar, 55, is a double amputee, having lost both his arms in a boating accident almost 30 years ago.

He is a construction foreman and drives a specially-equipped truck, using his feet to steer.

However, he can't buckle up or take off a seatbelt without assistance, so he goes without it.

Earlier this year, when Saskatoon police and RCMP were conducting a massive traffic blitz, hundreds of people were pulled over for speeding, seatbelt infractions and other violations.

Simonar was one of them and he was given a $175 ticket.

Approved to drive years ago

Shortly after he lost his arms, Simonar passed a driving test using his feet. Saskatchewan Government Insurance has approved all of his modified vehicles.

He also used to carry a doctor's note explaining the obvious: he can't put on a seatbelt. He said he was unaware that the note was no longer sufficient and that he needed to apply to SGI, Saskatchewan's licensing agency, for a medical exemption.

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