Distracted driving charge carries a $615 fine, three demerit pointsA transport truck driver is facing charges after Halton Regional Police say he was stopped in a live lane of traffic on a busy Burlington road while on his phone.
The incident occurred Thursday afternoon (Sept. 12) on Fairview Street near Walkers Line.
“Driver was stopped completely in left lane,” said Halton Regional Police Const. Marc Taraso, who initiated the stop. “He was holding up traffic and (drivers) had to pass on the right to get around.”
The transport truck was hauling a car carrier trailer with a pickup truck on it, Taraso added.
The 39-year-old Quebec man was charged with distracted driving, which carries a $615 fine and a driver’s licence suspension upon conviction. He has also been charged with failing to complete his daily truck inspection report, a $240 ticket under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
The company, a Quebec-based transportation company, was also charged with failing to ensure a daily inspection report is completed, $390 ticket under the HTA.
Im in Traffic Court today; on my lunch break I patrolled the streets of @cityburlington. The #DistractedDriver of this transport was stopped in a live lane & then continued on still using phone oblivious to my 🚨🚔🚨&sirens. Driver had also failed to complete a daily inspection. pic.twitter.com/fo4KpGrINA
— Cst. Marc Taraso (@MT9345) September 12, 2019