When you’re in the line-up at the drive thru do you look down at your phone? Check to see if you have any texts or emails? I mean, you’re just waiting in line, no biggie right? That’s probably what A.J. Daoust from Alberta was thinking while waiting for his order in a Tim Horton’s drive-thru line. He was replying to a text when he got a knock on his window. It was a police officer asking him to pull over. He was given a $287 ticket for distracted driving.
Technically he was driving. It’s up to the police officer’s discretion when handing out these types of tickets in Alberta.
Do you agree? Or do you think it was as A.J. Daoust described it “a little heavy handed”.
Thanks to Jeff Rybak, a criminal defence lawyer who emailed in to say this wouldn’t happen in Ontario because our laws in the Ontario Highway Traffic Act don’t apply to private property unlike in Alberta. Still, be careful you don’t want to rear end the guy in front of you while texting.
UPDATE: Our friends at Global News reporting the police officer’s side of the story. According to police he was texting before entering the drive thru and flipped the officer off. More here.