Police officers hear a lot of excuses for bad driving behaviour, but a motorist in Sooke came up with quite the creative response to explain her less-than-perfect driving.
On Thursday night, West Shore RCMP officers stopped a vehicle that was driving “erratically” in the 4100-block of Sooke Road in Metchosin after receiving a complaint from the public.
According to police, after the woman was pulled over, she told responding officers that she was trying to “take her bra off.”
“This is distracted driving too!” said the West Shore RCMP in a Tweet, followed by two hashtags: #drivesafely and #itcanwait, as well as a gif of a disappointed-looking puppy.
Last night, officers stopped a vehicle who was driving erratically in the 4100 block of Sooke Rd after receiving a complaint from the public. The driver stated she was trying to "take her bra off"… This is distracted driving too! #drivesafely #itcanwait https://t.co/GIJRxTtZ7s pic.twitter.com/jfcouXhXSs
— West Shore RCMP (@WestshoreRCMP) March 12, 2021
“As far as her actions, she was very polite and apologetic and did not use this excuse to get out of a ticket,” said Const. Alex Bérubé, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP. “It appeared she was very uncomfortable.”
And while it may be “erratic” driving, the police officer used discretion to let the woman go with a warning.
The Tweet also contained a link to the distracted driving page on the ICBC website.
According to ICBC, distracted driving isn’t just about handling your cellphone.
“Even if you’re not using your phone, you may still be distracted,” reads ICBC’s website. “Anything that takes your attention away from driving, like chatting with passengers, eating or drinking, or adjusting radio or vehicle settings, can contribute to distracted and inattentive driving.”
ICBC’s distracted driving month campaign runs throughout March, trying to spread awareness and crackdown on those who don’t keep their eyes on the road.
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