Driver charged with filming crash scene…behind the wheel

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANSDOWNE – A woman from the Ottawa area has learned why you shouldn’t pull out your cell phone when you’re driving by a crash site.

The 67-year-old woman from Nepean was given a ticket for using a hand held device while driving.

Leeds County O.P.P. were on Highway 401, east of Lansdowne, investigating a collision in the bad weather this afternoon (Friday) when they saw a driver holding up her cell phone while driving past the crash scene.

“The vast majority of drivers over-estimate their skills behind the wheel and under-estimate the risk associated with distracted driving. They believe that because they’ve done it numerous times before and nothing bad has happened that nothing bad will happen. That is not the case. Families could have their lives changed forever, and for what?” Acting Staff Sgt. Josh Kingsley asked rhetorically.

The minimum fine is $490 and three demerit points.

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