Alberta man receives $287 ticket for using his cellphone while in the Tim Hortons drive-thru

Distracted driving continues to be a hot topic across Canada with several provinces increasing the fine for using a phone while operating a vehicle over the past year. With tickets that can set a driver back $1000, Ontario and Prince Edward Island have the highest fines in the country.

Alberta implemented its distracted driving laws in 2011. More recently, the province increased the fine associated with the offence to $287. Resident A.J. Daoust is the latest person to receive a fine for using his mobile device while behind the wheel. Not news, we know, but it’s the unusualness of Daoust’s tale that makes it interesting.


Apparently Daoust replied to a text while waiting for his coffee at a Tim Hortons drive-thru. A police officer noticed what Daoust was doing, knocked on the window of his car and asked for his information so that he could issue him a ticket.

“I didn’t really know what was going on. I thought maybe it was somebody getting donations for something. I said, ‘In a drive-thru? Really?'” said Daoust in an interview with CTV.

“He was definitely within his rights… but to me this is ridiculous. It’s just kind of heavy-handed. “It’s stupid… It didn’t have to happen, but I guess that’s how it goes.”

Daoust doesn’t plan to fight the ticket but says he will ask for a reduction in fine. The officer did have a heart, though; he let Daoust get his Timmies before handing him the ticket.

About Ian Hardy

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I'm obsessed with Tim Hortons. It runs through my veins and I've probably spent enough money downing Steeped Tea's that I could have purchased my own franchise.