"Please satisfy my curiosity if you will. Why would the officers take my license as bond for a seatbelt ( I hate seatbelts) violation but not for speeding ( 3 years ago)? It just seems a little extreme to me for such a minor incident not to mention the inconvenience. I have no argument as he caught me fair and square but I don't understand the need to take the license so maybe you can help me out with this."
Thank you, Andrea
Thanks for your question Andrea. Police Officers are bound by the laws and rules of law on what they can take for bond on specific offenses. Traffic offenses such as seat belts and speeding all generally have posting one's Driver's License for bond as an option. For example, the courts allow a police officer writing a seat belt citation to take a Drivers License, $55 cash, or a Bond Card (from a list of organizations such as AAA) for bond. If none of the above are available, the officer might also be able to get permission to issue an I-bond (signature promising to comply).
I can't answer your question why your Driver's License was not used for the Speeding violation you mentioned. Perhaps the officer utilized one of the other options, or wrote you a ticket for a municipal ordinance violation rather than a state charge.