Toronto Police use 'Hobocop' to nab distracted drivers

Const. Brian Kellar dressed as a homeless person as part of Toronto Police distracted driver...

Const. Brian Kellar dressed as a homeless person as part of Toronto Police distracted driver awareness campaign. (@PCArsenault Twitter photo)

Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:45 AM ET

TORONTO - It’s a cheap, lazy, sneaky money grab.

Or a smart, creative way to nail home a Toronto Police distracted driver awareness campaign.

It’s both.

There seems to be no middle ground on a blitz at a stop light on the Hwy. 401 off-ramp at Markham Rd. and other locations in Toronto Police’s 43 Division.

You have heard of Robocop.

Meet “Hobocop.”

Normally in uniform, Const. Brian Kellar, a one time officer of the month, was dressed as a homeless person — complete with hat, hood and cardboard sign — who appeared to be begging for money.

But what he and another officer were really doing this week was approaching motorists to determine if they were on, or touching, their smart phones.

Slick manoeuvre. Innovative.


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