Natasha Aseeuw took to Facebook after she saw a police officer beside her, talking into a cellphone while having one hand on the wheel. Her friend in the passenger seat took the photo and since then it has been shared over 4,000 times. She expressed, “Nobody will ever take distracted driving seriously if the public continue to see this”.
It happened around 1 p.m. Sunday, at Wonderland Road and Oxford Street.
Drivers can get fined $1000 and up to 3 demerit points if caught driving while using their phones. If they endanger someone else on the road they could face up to 6 months in jail, get a 2-year license suspension and lose up to 6 demerit points.
But cops? Const. Sandasha Bough says, “there is an exemption for law enforcement officers when it comes to hand-held devices in relation to using them while on duty”. Natasha is not convinced.
Is it time to end exemptions for cops? Should first responders lead by example?