Woman accused of distracted driving for having phone in her lap while it charged acquitted
A judge has acquitted a Vancouver Island woman who had received a ticket for distracted driving , adding yet another layer of clarification to provincial law on the issue.
The officer who issued the ticket on Dec. 28, 2018, had argued that Wylie was using the phone in two ways: by having it plugged in to charge and by having it positioned on her lap.These two facts - that the screen was not illuminated and that she was not touching it with her hands - were key to the judge's interpretation of B.C.'s distracted driving law.
That said, Gordon notes that "the law on the meaning of use is still not settled."that a woman was guilty of distracted driving for holding a phone with her legs while driving, even though the phone's screen was not illuminated at the time.Not every distracted driving ticket has been upheld, however. In December,
After that ruling, former B.C. solicitor general Kash Heed, one of the architects of the province's distracted driving law, told CTV News Vancouver that the justice "got it right."
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This is what our tax dollars fund. Completely out of control cops. Yah! Don’t have it on your person whilst driving unless you intend on using it. Change the law simple. Good!!! Comensense. The cop that charged her should be made to pay the court costs!! But why have it in one's lap whilr charging? Only reason is to use it!
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