Happy new year!
Context: 4/5 people in the car are 18 years of age and I'm 29 years of age.
I'll make this short. The driver gets pulled over and the officer decides to ask the 18year old driver "Where are you going? What are you doing?" etc. I was sitting in the back seat of the van when I responded: "Officer, you have no right to be asking him these questions. He doesn't have to answer you." Officer: "I am speaking to him. Give me your ID, you're not wearing a seat belt."
Few minutes pass, and his partner (from another vehicle) comes up to the car trying to play good Cop. "So what were you guys up to?", asking the 18 year olds at the front. They responded in detail. Officer asks, "How old are you guys?" They respond and I followed, "I'm 29." Officer responds: "You need new friends." I respond, "You have no right to speak to me in that manner. Who the hell are you to tell me what I need and don't need?!" Extremely ignorant statement to make.
I felt like these officers were taking advantage of these kids because originally, the officer who followed us out of the parking lot noticed two of the teens fighting for the front seat, so I guess he was suspicious (bullshit - he had time to kill).
So the first officer came back with a warning for the driver whose car's rear plate lights were out. I, on the other hand, he slapped me a $240 fine for failure to wear seat belt. In my opinion, if he's there to apply the law, he should have given us both a fine and not be partial to the driver because he was a little kid afraid of authoritative figures.
I'm curious to know your responses.
I got stopped once on the 401 for doing 155km/h in a 100km/h zone. When the officer came to my vehicle, I already had my license, insurance and ownership ready for him. He asked me where I was coming from, where I was going and if I had anything to drink. I answered HONESTLY and POLITELY, and got off with a warning.
Anyone else have any input as to what you would do in court?