Canadian police ticket driver for texting in drive-through
A Canadian motorist was slapped with a $287 ticket for texting in a Tim Hortons drive-through lane.
JOHANNESBURG - A Canadian motorist has been served with a ticket for texting while waiting in a drive-through lane, according fox2now.com.
A lot of motorists have been warned not to text while behind the wheel, but many drivers still do it especially during stops or times when they are not on the roads.
A.J. Daoust usually knows what to expect in this Beaumont Tim Hortons drive-through, place an order, pay and pick up.
But earlier this week he was slapped with a fine, something he did not see coming.
"I was just sitting there and I got a text, I replied to it…."
After texting, Daoust said a police officer knocked on his window, asked him to pull over and gave him a $287 ticket for distracted driving.
"I just asked him like, in a drive-through, really?"
The legislation prohibits the use of a phone on 'any' thoroughfare, public or private that the public is ordinarily entitled to use for the passage of vehicles.
The motorists described the act as ridiculous.
"To me, this is ridiculous. It's just kind of heavy-handed."
The level of enforcement is a surprise to some who use phones in drive-throughs.
"If we're sitting, waiting for coffee, I think we should be able to just check our phones right there in the drive-through."
Experts say there are several other common scenarios where people are surprised to get 'distracted driving' tickets.
Ultimately, distracted driving tickets are up to the discretion of the officer.
Daoust admitted he may not have done himself any favors.
Still he felt the ticket was 'not' necessary.
He won't fight it, but he may try to get it reduced in court.
"You know, it's stupid. It didn't have to happen. But I guess that's how it goes."
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