When it comes to distracted driving, cops have seen it all

A women eats while driving near the intersection of E. Broadway and Kingsway in Vancouver, on...

A women eats while driving near the intersection of E. Broadway and Kingsway in Vancouver, on Monday, October 7, 2013. Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency

Nadia Moharib, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:22 PM ET

Winnipeg police Staff Sgt. Rob Riffel was in an unmarked car when he saw her.

"I look over and she's texting," he says of the motorist.

Without his lights and sirens, he honked his horn hoping to get the scofflaw's attention.

He got it, but not the way he hoped.

"Without looking up, she flips the bird at me," he says.

"She got a ticket."

RCMP Cpl. Darrin Turnbull has seen all sorts of dangerous multi-tasking done by drivers at the wheel on Alberta highways -- including the antics of a woman navigating the road with her knees and watching a movie on her iPod propped up on the dash.

"She was going 142 km/h in a 100 km/h zone and went right past a marked police vehicle because she was so enthralled with the movie," he says.

"Obviously, if she can't see a marked police car, she won't see hazards on the road."

Coast-to-coast, police have anecdotes.

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