Drivers taking photos of crash to get tickets

Mounties investigating this crash were disturbed to see several drivers taking pictures with their...

Mounties investigating this crash were disturbed to see several drivers taking pictures with their cellphones as they drove by. Officers grabbed plate numbers and tickets are being sent out. Photo courtesy RCMP

Dave Dormer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:58 PM ET

CALGARY ─ Say “cheese” ... err, “ticket.”

A few drivers are going to get a surprise in the mail after slowing down to take photos of a crash north of Calgary on Thursday.

RCMP officers on scene wrote down their licence plates, said Cpl. Al Nickolson, and they'll be sending out distracted driving tickets costing $172 each.

"It's one of these things where you've got traffic going along and the hazard it creates is traffic is going fairly slow and all of a sudden a person will stop to get that perfect picture and the guy behind him doesn't realize and you've got a collision," he said.

"Or you get people going by talking on their cellphones, they're totally oblivious, they figure 'I've been doing it long enough and nobody has given me a ticket so it's not really a law.'"

It was about 5:45 p.m. on Thursday when a car driven by a 51-year-old man hit the guardrail and rolled, landing in the centre median.

The man was taken to Olds Hospital with minor injuries.

He was charged with driving without due care and attention after admitting to falling asleep behind the wheel.

This isn't the first time cops have nailed drivers taking photos of crash scenes. Last fall, Nickolson said nine tickets were sent out after a firefighter used an iPad to capture licence plates of drivers snapping away as they passed by a highway crash.


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