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Texas Police Ticket 10-Year-Old Boy

Marshall May wasn't wearing his seat belt correctly
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 3, 2011 1:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 10-year-old central Texas boy has been given a ticket for wearing his seat belt incorrectly. Fourth-grader Marshall May says he was in a minivan's passenger seat when he stuck his head out the window and his seat belt slipped. A police officer pulled over the van that Marshall's 19-year-old aunt was driving and gave the boy a ticket on Tuesday.

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Texas law says the adult in the car is at fault when a child isn't properly secured by a seat belt, but the aunt was not ticketed. Leander City Manager Robert Powers told the Austin American-Statesman that the officer made a mistake, but said the court must decide whether to dismiss the ticket. Marshall printed his name on the ticket, saying, "I don't have a signature because I'm 10 years old." (Read more Texas stories.)

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