We all know texting while driving is a dangerous thing to do. People die every single day in car accidents caused by distracted drivers, so if you’re caught texting while driving, you probably deserve a ticket.
But what if you pull out your phone while waiting in a drive-thru lane? A Canadian man named A.J. Daoust was waiting in the Tim Hortons drive-thru when he received a text on his phone.
And since he wasn’t actually driving at the time, he decided it would be okay to write a quick reply. After sending the text, he heard a police officer knocking on his window. The officer informed him that he would be getting a $287 ticket for distracted driving.
“I just asked him like, in a drive-thru, really? To me, this is ridiculous. It’s just kind of heavy-handed.”
According to the reports, legislation prohibits the use of a phone on “any thoroughfare, public or private that the public is ordinarily entitled to use for the passage of vehicles.”
Experts claim similar situations happen all the time. At the end of the day, it’s up to the discretion of the officer. Daoust admits he was a little rude to the officer, which probably made it easier for the officer to slap him with a ticket.
But still, he think it’s a bit ridiculous…
“You know, it’s stupid. It didn’t have to happen. But I guess that’s how it goes.”