Another Distracted Driving Ticket Overturned on Appeal

As if there has not been enough confusion about distracted driving laws, it appears that yet again confusion over what is permissible has led to an improper conviction for one driver.

The most recent case overturning a distracted driving ticket is that of R. v. Ali. This is yet another case where the officer observed a cell phone charging in a cup holder, and this evidence formed the basis of the conviction.

But, for reasons I discuss in this blog post, this case is a little more complex.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eighty Five

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at what happens when adults don’t use
snow responsibly. Then, we find out just how bad things can get if you spit on a Trump
supporter. Finally, we question why Yamaha needs to put a weirdly specific legal disclaimer out
into the world.

Follow the jump and read on to find out more about the weirdest and wackiest legal cases from
around the world.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eighty Four

This week, Weird and Wacky Wednesdays brings you all of your favourite standards. First, we look at a Florida woman who committed a really shitty assault. Then, we examine the case of a particularly unique driver who decided to do something to attract police attention. Finally, we look at a woman who has a full-on meltdown in a McDonald’s over dipping sauce.

Follow the jump for some of the best weird and wacky legal stories from around the globe.

How I would write BC’s distracted driving law

There has been a great deal of confusion, yet again, over British Columbia’s distracted driving law. In an effort to make the law more clear, I recently suggested that I would spend my next free weekend writing out a new version of the law for the government.

Since I’m a woman of my word, I did it. I spent a Friday night, writing what I hope is a sensible and comprehensible version of the law.

Follow the jump below to read what I would have written, if I wrote the law. And I fully invite the government to borrow what I have written and amend the legislation accordingly. As you will see, what I have written is undeniably clear and answers questions that have led to confusion for drivers, police officers, and the courts.

Let me know in the comments what you think.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eighty Three

Are you missing out on your weird and wacky legal content right now? Last week, Wednesday fell on Christmas Day and so there was no weird and wacky post. But this week, it falls on New Year’s Day, which means you’re getting some content.

And boy howdy do we have a crazy lineup of legal cases for you. First, we answer the question of how four people can be charged with impaired operation at the same time. Then, we examine the case of a woman who has the shoddiest defence of all time to her drug possession charges. And finally, we travel back to Florida for a beachside bang-o-rama.

Follow the jump to read more about the weirdest and wackiest legal cases from the past two weeks. …

Wait? Do I have to have a sober supervisor to be a designated driver with my L?

Recently, a story made headlines after a sober driver saw his passenger given a driving prohibition because she was drunk… even though she was not driving! This story has raised a lot of questions about what your obligations are as a supervisor and as an L driver.

The reality is that the actions of the police officer in this case were wrong. There is no legal authority to issue a driving prohibition to a passenger in a vehicle who has not been driving. And while people can appreciate why the officer’s actions were wrong, many seem to think there is some responsibility that either the driver or passenger bear for these circumstances.

So what does the law say? …

Clarifying “use” in distracted driving cases

Previously on this blog, I wrote about an interesting case that provided guidance as to when exactly the prohibition against using an electronic device while inside a vehicle applies. If you’ll recall, a driver with a Class 7 licence was given a distracted driving ticket after he switched off a call from his mother after a cop pulled him over. …

Weird and Wacky Wednesday Volume Eighty Two

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we have a story that will send shudders down the spine of anyone who’s ever worked in a supermarket. We get an answer to the quesion, will an RV fit through a drive-thru – *spoiler alert* it won’t. And a domestic argument involving chips.

Follow the jump to find out who made it to this week’s Weird and Wacky Wednesday. Le’ts go. …

Weird and Wacky Wednesday Volume Eighty One

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at a case involving a woman who got a little too into the holiday spirit. Then, we get an update on the case of a judicial brawl in the parking lot of a White Castle. Finally, we look at one man who loved too much. And far too publicly. 

Follow the jump to learn more about this week’s weird and wacky legal cases from around the globe.

Is pulling over to use your phone distracted driving?

Using an electronic device while driving is naughty

An interesting case provides some guidance as to when the prohibition against using an electronic device inside a vehicle does not apply. We all know that you cannot use your phone or any other electronic device while you are driving, but there are some exceptions. For instance, you may use a phone to call or message emergency services if it is an emergency. …

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