We all know the dangers of texting while behind the wheel but many drivers still do it. Especially during stops or times when they are not on the roads.
A Canadian man did just that. He replied to a text while waiting in a drive-thru lane.
A.J. Daoust usually knows what to expect in this Beaumont Tim Hortons drive through, place an order, pay and pick up. Earlier this week, something he did not see coming.
“I was just sitting there and i got a text, I replied to it….”
After texting, Daoust says 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-thru, 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.
“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-thrus.
“If we’re sitting, waiting for coffee, I think we should be able to just check our phones right there in the drive-thru.”
The 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 admits he may not have done himself any favors.
“I just couldn’t believe it. At that point I was trying not to be rude, but it just kind of came out after that.”
Still Daoust feels 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.”
Nine people die every day in an accident involving a distracted driver, according to the CDC.