Man Given $287 Texting Ticket at Tim Hortons was Steering with Knees: RCMP


There are two sides to every story, and now Beaumont RCMP have cleared the air on the recent viral story of an Alberta man given a $287 distracted driving ticket at a Tim Hortons drive-thru. A.J. Daoust, a carpenter, was handed the distracted driving ticket last week which he called “heavy-handed” and “ridiculous” at the time.

According to new details provided to CBC News, Beaumont RCMP Cpl. Tim Dunlap, spoke with the officer who issued the ticket and revealed more details, saying “The officer actually saw the guy texting before he got to the drive-thru … which just happened to be where the interaction happened.”

Daoust was seen texting with both hands, while using his knees to steer when moving forward, in the drive-thru. Other drivers in the line up looked back at the officer, throwing their hands up to say “‘Don’t you see this? Why aren’t you doing something?’” That’s when the officer headed to Daoust’s vehicle.

Dunlap, referring to the ticketing officer’s notes, explained “The gentleman was not very nice, everything from name calling to actually giving him the middle finger,” to which the officer then said “You know what? I’m not going to give you a break now.”

Alberta laws prohibit drivers from using handheld devices while driving, and applies to any road, whether on public or private property.


  • Joe

    I find it hard to believe that a cop would give someone a ticket in the drive-thru unless they were really asking for it. Although I have seen cops giving tickets in parking lots to cell phone users in Vancouver before.

  • Ticket may have been issued at a drive through , but as said he spotted the man texting before he entered.
    I tend to believe that as a walker, I see glowing faces every 1 in 10 cars or so, it’s so common it’s scary.
    I’d vote for police just impounding vehicles on the first offence. Perhaps the walk home will open people’s eyes as they dodge other drivers while crossing the streets as they text and drive lol

  • Bafoon

    exactly – lol at all the douches in the previous thread voting up for the supposedly hard handed technique of the cops – get with the program.

  • Ryan

    As a driver, I see this all too often.

    Just last week, I was taking my girlfriend’s son to a hockey game, the whole way there on the highway, he was pointing out the number of people texting or talking on their phone. One guy was using his speakerphone (sounds good and all), except instead of dropping it in a cup holder or something, he held the phone up about 6 inches in front of himself, in plain view.

    Often times at night as well, I play a game with myself… it’s called “Drunk or Texting”. It works as follows…. pick out a car you see swerving or having trouble staying in their lane, and then figure out if they are drunk, or they are texting. It’s actually a dificult game! LOL!

    On a side note, the #1 thing on my xmas list this year, is a dash cam.

  • That’s actually a clever game. I might try it myself heh

  • Wayne

    Always two side to a coin…

    Funny that people with problems with police always seem to be the same people with problems with police. Respect them, they respect you. Not all are bad and many are great people.

  • Truth

  • definingsound

    Cell phones (when used in cars) are much safer when held up high, in-line with the driver’s line of sight. The anti-texting laws have caused drivers to hold their phones low and out of sight, but consequently cause drivers to be *completely* blind relative to the road when observing the phone. So the law causes a situation that discourages the safe use of a phone, resulting in a greater proportion of unsafe phone use. Currently, cell phone use while driving is very dangerous*.

    *Now that drivers are forced to use cell phones in an unsafe manner

    +1 to windshield mounted cell phones, like a GPS