What you need to know
- A woman in her 70s got a $368 ticket for charging an iPhone in her cupholder.
- She was looking straight ahead, with both hands on the steering wheel when the officer knocked on the window.
- The phone was connected to CarPlay, so as to comply with driving legislation.
A woman in her 70s from Vancouver has received a $368 ticket for distracted driving after a Police Officer noticed an iPhone charging in her vehicle's cup holder. According to the woman's son Trevor Kramer, she was stopped at a red light when a Vancouver Police Officer, who was stood on the sidewalk peering into cars, knocked on her window. Recounting the incident Kramer wrote:
Kramer took to Twitter to vent his frustration, posting a photo of the phone in situe and the ticket that was issued (above). He tagged outspoken Vancouer lawyer Kyla Lee in the post, and the incident has gained enough aclaim to have been featured on regional news.
Thanks for bringing such incredible high profile attention to the case of my mom’s unfair @VPDTrafficUnit @VancouverPD ticket for the alleged offence of charging her phone in her car’s cupholder while she focused on driving, @smacdonald__ @GlobalBC. cc: @steeletalk @IRPlawyer pic.twitter.com/lEY8DUM2nQThanks for bringing such incredible high profile attention to the case of my mom’s unfair @VPDTrafficUnit @VancouverPD ticket for the alleged offence of charging her phone in her car’s cupholder while she focused on driving, @smacdonald__ @GlobalBC. cc: @steeletalk @IRPlawyer pic.twitter.com/lEY8DUM2nQ— Trevor Kramer (@tkhereandthere) October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
To add insult to injury, it is purported that the phone was connected to Bluetooth at the time of the incident, and that his mother specifically bought a car with CarPlay so as to comply with legislation.
CityNews1130 states the following regarding the response from Vancouver police:
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