In our hyperconnected modern era, virtually everyone has a story about a near-miss with a driver who was more focused on his smartphone than the road. But a motorist in Vancouver, B.C., may have set a new bar for distracted driving.
There, police pulled over a man after they spotted him driving while wearing headphones. When the traffic officer approached the car, he discovered the driver had used string to affix both an iPhone and a Samsung tablet to the steering wheel.
Can't make it up. Guy had iPad and cell phone attached by strings on steering wheel while driving! Yes, that's his ticket he's holding. pic.twitter.com/h5WoA2ac87— @VPDTraffic (@VPDTrafficUnit) November 15, 2017
The officer issued him a ticket for $81 (about U.S.$63) after the man was unable to produce a driver's license, the Vancouver Sun reports. But rather than issue him a distracted-driving ticket, which carries a fine of $368 (U.S.$287) and four driver penalty points, the officer opted to warn the driver about the hazards of distracted driving.
"Just when I think I've seen everything, a photo like this is captured by one of our officers," Vancouver Police spokesman Const. Jason Doucette told the paper. "We are reminding drivers to leave their devices alone while behind the wheel. And although our officer felt education was appropriate in this incident."
While playing #PokemonGo may be fun, it's not worth risking your life or the lives of others so that you can play while driving! Not to mention the $368 ticket this driver received after he pulled up beside two police officers while playing & driving. #DontDriveDistracted! #VPD pic.twitter.com/kvlXCdcuhy— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) November 13, 2017
Earlier in the week, a man received a ticket for $368 after he pulled up next to two Vancouver police officers while playing Pokemon Go.
Lest you somehow think Canadians have the market cornered on stupid driving tricks, we submit this recent example from Hopkinton, Mass., where police cited a "creative operator" who slapped a homemade license plate — made from a cardboard pizza box and magic markers — to an uninsured, unregistered 2001 Buick Century.
Be safe out there, comrades!