Man Caught Wearing Earbuds With a Dead Phone Found Guilty of Distracted Driving

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「A Surrey, B.C., driver who was caught wearing in-ear headphones has been found guilty of distracted driving, even though the earbuds were connected to a dead iPhone.

Patrick Henry Grzelak was coming home after a long day of work on Oct. 12, 2018, when police officers spotted him in the northbound lanes of 152 Street, according to a provincial court judgment.

His iPhone was in the centre cubby hole on his dashboard, with the earbuds plugged in. The battery was dead.

The phone wasn't in his hands or his lap, it wasn't transmitting music or a video, and he wasn't using it to talk to someone or navigate. Nonetheless, Judicial Justice Brent Adair found that Grzelak was legally "using" the phone.」

This is a very petty victimless """crime""". While it may be considered technically violating the law in Canada or argued in many points against his favor - I do not believe that this should have been as big of a deal as it was made out to be. This person really didn't do anything wrong and the phone was even dead. To me, a warning would have been sufficient enough but instead the asshole police officers use their position of authority to go further and extort money. The judge goes even further trying to twist and intepret the law into an actual crime. What I'm thinking may be too harsh and they could just be doing their jobs - But I still do not agree with the outcome.