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June 8, 2010 > Seat belt violator tries to pay fine in pennies

Seat belt violator tries to pay fine in pennies

Submitted By AP Wire Service

HAGERSTOWN, Ind. (AP), Jun 05 - An Indiana judge has talked some dollars and cents into a man who tried to pay a $25 fine in pennies.

Neil Brooks Jr. planned to protest his fine for a seat belt violation by paying with a bag of 2,500 unwrapped pennies. But Hagerstown Judge Susan Bell asked him to use other means, saying it wasn't fair to the clerk to have to count the coins and transport them.

Brooks has been ticketed twice for failing to wear a seat belt. He says he doesn't agree with the law for adults and that wearing a seat belt should be his decision, not the state's.

Bell says he should have directed his protest to state lawmakers who make the rules.

Brooks ultimately paid the fine on Bell's terms and donated the coins to charity.

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Information from: Palladium-Item, http://www.pal-item.com

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