Angry distracted driver DMs Toronto cop promising to fight ticket
“Your a horrible cop…My phone dropped and I picked it up and looked at the time”
A Toronto Traffic Enforcement Specialist has shared an angry direct message he was sent on Instagram after doing his job and fining a driver for using their phone while behind the wheel.
Whoever Constable Kirk ‘Pappy’ Papadopoulos busted for distracted driving must not have been pleased with the (potential) $615 fine, three demerit points, and 3-day suspension, because it appears they did some digging research, found his active social media account, and slid into the DMs directly to express their disappointment.
“Your a horrible cop for pulling me over and trying to get me with a huge fine,” the message reads. In all caps, naturally. “My phone dropped and I picked it up and looked at the time I’ll make sure to fight this.”
“Distracted Driving law is simple,” the Constable writes in his Tweet. “You can’t hold or use a phone while operating a vehicle, which includes red lights & stop signs. Put away the phone. It Can Wait.”
Should the upset messager decide to pursue the dispute in court — which probably wouldn’t be advisable given this now-public message wherein they admit to “checking the time” on their phone — they’ll risk running the fine up to $1,000. That’s assuming it was their first such offence.