Driver’s licences suspended for three days as officer expresses frustration

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Police charged the young woman driving this Volkswagen Beetle after an officer said she was stopped in a live lane of traffic to use her phone.

A young woman is facing distracted driving and other charges after Halton Regional Police say she stopped in a live lane of traffic in Oakville to use her phone.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. on Dundas Street near Ninth Line. Const. Marc Taraso stopped the red Volkswagen Beetle and charged the woman, who is in her 20s.

“Sitting in construction delays is aggravating but understandable; but when you aren’t moving because a distracted driver has stopped in a live lane to use a phone and failed to proceed, it’s infuriating,” the officer said in a tweet.

Taraso said when he passed the Mississauga woman, he noticed she still had her phone in hand.

“I slowed down and waited for her to catch up and she passed me with her phone still in hand,” he alleged.

The driver was charged with distracted driving, a charge which carries a $615 fine, three demerit points and a three-day driver’s licence suspension. She was also charged with interfering with traffic under the Highway Traffic Act.

Police are reminding drivers if they must use their phones, safely pull off the roadway and park the vehicle in a parking lot or somewhere else where it’s safe and legal to park.

Source: InsideHalton.com