Alberta Man Receives a $287 Texting Ticket While in Tim Horton’s Drive-thru

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Tim Horton's Coffee Cups - different versions. This motorist received a ticket for texting while waiting in a Tim Horton's Drive-Through. The Alberta Traffic Safety Act - Section 115.1 (5) states that this no texting while driving law does not apply to la motorist who is not on a highway. (5)Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a vehicle that (a) is not on a highway.
Tim Horton’s Coffee Cups – different versions. This motorist received a ticket for texting while waiting in a Tim Horton’s Drive-Through. The Alberta Traffic Safety Act – Section 115.1 (5) states that this no texting while driving law does not apply to a motorist who is not on a highway. It reads:
(5) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a vehicle that (a) is not on a highway.

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An Alberta man has been hit with a ticket for almost $300 after police spotted him texting in a Tim Hortons drive-thru.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of that in a drive-thru lineup,” Chris Rechner of the Alberta Motor Association told The Star.

His comments came after A.J. Daoust was ticketed for $287 for distracted driving while waiting for his coffee in at Beaumont, Alta., Tim Hortons last week.

Someone lines up for a $2 cup of coffee and leaves the line with a ticket and fine for $287.00.
Someone lines up for a $2 cup of coffee and leaves the line with a ticket and fine for $287.00.

Rechner noted that the Alberta Traffic Safety Act makes it an infraction for drivers to use a hand-held cell phone or to text or emailing while in control of a vehicle.

That’s a problem when drivers take out their phones at red lights or rail crossings when they should remain alert to potential dangers, Rechner said.

Rechner said officers have discretion in handing out tickets.

Daoust could not be reached for comment on Monday but has told local media he may try to have the fine reduced in court.

“His vehicle was in motion while he was in the drive-thru,” Acting Corp. Kelvin Koch of the Beaumont RCMP said in an interview. “It was moving.”

Koch said the driver was also rude when approached by the officer.

“He was extremely disrespectful and showed a poor attitude towards the officer,” Koch said.

Koch said there is no particular policy to target drive-thru customers, but added it is an offense to use a handheld phone when operating a motor vehicle, including in a drive-thru.

RCMP cruisers.
RCMP cruisers.
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