Why a Vancouver woman’s distracted driving ticket got cancelled

October 19th, 2019  |  News

The son of a 71-year-old woman ticketed for distracted driving in downtown Vancouver says a $368 citation issued to his mother has been cancelled by police with an apology.

Trevor Kramer says his mother, Randi, was ticketed last week because her cellphone was charging in the front-seat cup holder.

Kramer says she explained that she was looking straight ahead with both hands on the wheel prior to being stopped, ticketed and told the phone was not allowed to be visible.

Kramer complained online about the first ticket he says his mother has received in 50 years of driving, which caught the attention of a Vancouver lawyer who specializes in such cases and offered to intervene.

Kyla Lee says she told police the ticket was unnecessary because Randi Kramer’s actions posed no risk of causing an accident. Trevor Kramer says the ticket was cancelled and a sergeant phone his mother to apologize.

Lee hopes legislators make the wording of distracted driving offences more specific to rule out such misunderstandings in the future.

“If they’re trying to prohibit people from charging their phones or having phones loose in the vehicle, they need to make that clear to the public so the public can adjust their behaviour accordingly,” she said.

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