The latest distracted driving ticket to get tossed out by a B.C. judge could lead to adjustments to the law itself, the province’s public safety minister says.
The decision handed down in Victoria provincial court Tuesday concerned a Victoria woman who was fined for having her phone sitting on her lap while stopped at a red light in December 2018 in Esquimalt.
Grant Gottgetreu, a former road safety officer who worked for RCMP and police departments in West Vancouver and New Westminster, says the law itself is poorly worded and is too open to interpretation from police and the courts.
“We would write tickets for people that had the electronic device in their hands,” he explained. “But then we started writing as well for if it was on their lap, or if it was under their leg.”
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