TORONTO -- Be warned Ontario -- the eyes of Andre are upon you.
The ever-vigilant Andre Marin, Ontario's ombudsman, whipped out his new iPhone yesterday and recorded a driver ahead of him at a red light shaving his head.
While he clearly didn't approve, Marin would have run afoul of a new law -- slated to kick in this fall -- which will govern the use of handheld devices by drivers -- using his iPhone to capture images of the man while behind the wheel.
"Should we have a law in Ontario against people shaving their heads when they drive?" an incredulous Marin says to his 10-year-old son as they sit behind the offending driver on a drizzly Ottawa street.
Marin posted the video at http://beta.twiddeo.com/video/?d=6681, blurring the driver's licence plate so he can't be identified.
Like Marin, the man is stopped for most of the 15-second video, although his brake lights pop off briefly as he inches forward at the light. However, Marin said he had followed the man for about a kilometre as he drove with both hands attending to his scalp.
"I was absolutely astounded," Marin said. "He had both hands up in the air and he was using one hand to pull the skin at the back his neck and head and in the other hand he had an electric razor."
The Ontario government's new law will prohibit the use of "electronic distractions."
Marin himself would have broken that law while capturing the offending behaviour, as being stopped at a red light is not good enough under the new rules.
The new law commands drivers to safely pull off the road before texting, phoning or making video.
Marin said he's a new convert to the law and wants to suggest the government include razors as electronic distractions in the regulations accompanying the new law.
"Right now, it's not a contravention if you're stopped, so I thought the behaviour I saw was egregious enough, it needed to be captured," Marin said.
"Where's (OPP Commissioner) Julian Fantino when you need him?"