Saanich police want you to know that if you are driving and need to call 911, it’s okay to pick up your phone.
Officers were responding to a report of a crash on May 30 at McKenzie and Glanford Avenues and a witness tried to call 911 via Siri, a virtual personal assistant, on his phone.
The result didn’t turn out too well for the witness, with Siri responding with “I don’t know who your mother is”.
On May 30th we attended a crash at McKenzie/Glanford in #Saanich #yyj. A witness was trying to call 9-1-1 via Siri however, as you can see, had some difficulties. We’d like everyone to know that in this situation you CAN pick up your phone #yyjtraffic. #ThanksSiri ? pic.twitter.com/RAmIyhzMEQ
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) June 7, 2018
Although the province introduced stiff new penalties on distracted driving, Saanich Police Sgt. Jereme Leslie said it’s ok to use your phone to call 911 while driving.
Leslie says Section 214.4(b) of the Motor Vehicle Act allows you “to call or send a message to a police force, fire department or ambulance service about an emergency”