Is Texting and Driving the new Drinking and Driving? In 2013 we saw more deaths from distracted driving than from people driving under the influence, and since then we’ve seen a significant crackdown from police. From issuing tickets to those waiting at red lights, to going undercover to ticket those waiting in traffic, the police have made their stance clear; while on the roads, keep your phone out of reach. The maximum penalty in Ontario? Up to $1,000 in fines and three demerit points.
Public response has been reasonably positive. In fact we’ve seen a number of social media campaigns and public service message supporting the police officers stance on the issue. Out of sight and out of mind is best when it comes to cell phone use on our roadways.
But some people are saying an Alberta cop took things too far in a Tim Horton’s drive-through this week. A.J. Daoust was waiting in line for his coffee when he was “pulled over” and issued a $287 ticket. Daoust has called the police officer’s actions “heavy-handed,” but we want to know what you think? Should there be exceptions to the “No texting and driving rule,” or should phone use be outlawed anytime you are operating a motor vehicle?
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