Man With No Arms Wants An Apology From Insensitive Police Officer

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Steve Simonar, a man with no arms, is still waiting for an apology from the police officer who ticketed him earlier this year.

Simonar was given a ticket by a police officer in April for not wearing a seatbelt, even though he cannot physically buckle up due to his disability. He has been driving in customized vehicles for years.

This was not the first time Simonar had been pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. It has happened multiple times in the 25 years he has been driving without arms. However, this was the first time he was ticketed and "brusquely told if he couldn't wear a seatbelt, he shouldn't be driving," the Calgary Herald stated.

The fine associated with his ticket was withdrawn in court due to a medical exemption, but Simonar still believes he is due an apology from the police officer.

"That's the only thing that I ever wanted," Simonar said in an interview. "The ticket, whatever, that was minor details, but this apology, that's still what I want. And it will be a happy day if that ever happens."

Simonar lost his arms after he was electrocuted in a boating accident in 1985 and learned to drive with his feet. He uses his left foot to turn a small steering wheel near the floor and his right foot to work the gas and break pedals; he also uses his feet to turn the key and open the door, explains the the Calgary Herald.

Police have said that Simonar was not carrying a medical exemption note when the officer pulled him over, but Simonar is concerned with the attitude of the officer, not the ticket.

For Simonar this is not just about his own personal case but a much larger issue.

"I can take care of myself," Simonar said, according to MSN News. "But there's other people that never get a voice."

A formal complaint has been filed by Simonar with the Saskatchewan Public Complaints Commission and he is waiting to hear the outcome.