York Region Police Ride Public Transit to Spot Distracted Drivers



According to a new report from the CBC, York Region Police (YRP) have started to ride public transit to spot distracted drivers. Sgt. Aaron Sidenberg said that being on a bus provides ‘a very good vantage point’ to spot drivers trying to hide their cellphone use while behind the wheel.

The report notes that a number of Canadian police forces have been riding public transit to catch distracted drivers. People have been finding clever ways to hide their devices while driving, and with the high vantage point on the bus, officers can now spot them. In a statement, Sidenberg said:

“Being on the bus, you have the large windows and being up higher we have a very good vantage point of the drivers and their vehicles. They’re not suspecting that police are on the bus.”

Once a distracted driver has been spotted, the officer on the bus will inform patrollers of which vehicle to pull over. Obviously, officers cannot ticket all of them, but they can definitely increase the number of people they catch using this tactic.


Aside from York Region, other Canadian cities where officers have started using this technique include Thunder Bay, Sudbury, and Quebec City. The number of deaths due to distracted driving has been on the rise, doubling since 2000.


  • Accordtr

    Good on them. I drive a f350 lifted 8″ and on 37s, I can tell you that from my height above everyone else I see exact what they are doing on their lap while driving. People just aren’t getting it. Time to impound and increase fines to $1000+

  • FragilityG4

    Unfortunately as long as there is a possibility they will get away with it, they will continue to do it.

  • mcfilmmakers

    Why is this always news? Police have been doing this for years!

  • Text-Text-Baby

    How they gonna prove this in a court of law? Are the cops taking a video of the incident?

  • geekyaleks

    In this case, I don’t think that they can ticket, but they can certainly pull you over and lecture you on safe..

  • mcfilmmakers

    They absolutely can ticket. Read up on how it works in every other city since the 90s.