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NFL star running back gets second ticket for not wearing seat belt

Most National Football League (NFL) fans know Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson for his pure speed and punishing style of play. However, police in a Minneapolis suburb - looking to tackle a statewide problem - put the brakes on Peterson earlier this week, issuing him a traffic violation for failing to wear a seat belt.

According to reports, Peterson's Range Rover was pulled over by police in Edina, Minnesota, at around 3 p.m. this past Monday after he was spotted not wearing his seat belt.

The traffic citation was handed down during the state's most recent "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which runs from October 14 through October 27.

Peterson, who was on his way to a nearby restaurant, tweeted during the incident, telling his followers "Noodle&Company sounds nice right about now! Unfortunately as of now I'm delayed."

Peterson went on to playfully suggest that the police must "have super human vision" and that his dark window tint might have contributed to police noticing his vehicle in the first place.

However, a spokesperson for the city later stated that police officers were specifically stationed in that area to look for seat belt violations and that the officers could clearly see Peterson's unbuckled seat belt through the front windshield.

She went on to add that Peterson was only issued a ticket for the seat belt violation and was highly cooperative.

Indeed, Peterson later tweeted the following: "I'm to blame! Make sure you wear ur seat belt at all times."

It is worth noting that this is not Peterson's first traffic violation in Minnesota. Back in 2009, he was pulled over for going 109 miles-per-hour on a suburban highway with a speed limit of 55 miles-per-hour. He subsequently pleaded guilty to driving 99 miles-per-hour.

Remember that not wearing a seat belt is a primary offense in the state of New York. This means that any law enforcement official in the state can stop and ticket you solely for not wearing a seat belt.

Failure to observe the applicable seat belt laws can result in both tickets and license penalty points.

Stay tuned for further developments from our New York vehicle traffic law blog ...

If you have been issued a traffic violation, fight to keep your driving privileges and your insurance premiums as low as possible. Consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Related Resources:

The Star Tribune, "Vikings' Adrian Peterson didn't click it; now he has a 2nd ticket" Oct. 18, 2011 

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