Driver obstructs traffic, drives distracted while filming collision scene

Incident Date
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:00
Location
Thunder Bay
Date Published: 2019-05-16

A local motorist likely trying to gain social media clout now faces a fine and possible licence suspension because of his distracted driving.

Police and firefighters were dispatched just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 to a collision that had just taken place at the corner of John and High Streets.

A male driving by slowed down and held his mobile phone outside of the driver-side window to record video of the collision. The driver obstructed traffic and drove right up to first responders while they worked the scene.

The male was stopped by officers and issued a ticket for Driving While Holding a Communication Device. He now faces a $615 fine, three points and a three-day license suspension upon conviction.

Police would like to remind the public to ensure they are not driving distracted, even if they believe they see a viral opportunity.

The public is also reminded to approach collision scenes with caution for the safety of the victims, other area motorists and pedestrians, and first responders at the scene.

This incident took place on the day Thunder Bay Police and other law enforcement agencies across the province kicked off the 2019 Drive Safe Campaign. This year’s theme for the province-wide initiative is “Distracted Driving Ruins Lives. Drive Safe.”

Distracted driving remains one of the leading causes of collisions, injuries, and deaths on our roadways.

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