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VPD cancels distracted driving ticket for woman with phone in cup holder

Last Updated Oct 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm PST

A man has taken to Twitter after he says his mom was handed a distracted driving ticket for having her smartphone in a cupholder. (Courtesy @tkhereandthere/Twitter)
Summary

Police have not said exactly why the ticket has been cancelled, but she won't have to pay the fine or dispute it

When given the $368 ticket, Kramer says she told the officer it was her first ticket in 50 years of driving

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Police in Vancouver have cancelled a distracted driving ticket given to a woman in her 70s who was stopped with a cellphone in her car’s cup holder.

Trevor Kramer posted about his mom’s experience on Twitter, showing a picture of her phone charging in her car’s cup holder and set up via Bluetooth for hands-free use with the vehicle — as it was, he said, when she was ticketed on Monday by a Vancouver Police officer.

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Kramer said she got the ticket while stopped at Georgia and Hornby. An officer was walking by, presumably checking stopped cars for mobile devices, and spotted the phone in the cup holder.

When he gave her the $368 ticket, Kramer says she told the officer it was her first ticket in 50 years of driving.

Now, she won’t have to pay the fine and doesn’t have to dispute it. Police have not said exactly why the ticket was cancelled.