When you leave too many things open to be enforced “using discretion”, you know there are going to be problems.
For a young Ontario driver, being 12 minutes away from the Ontario border has resulted in a fine of $561 for violating COVID-19 restrictions.
The circumstances? The 17-year-old had spent the day with his father, who lives in Aylmer, Quebec, ice fishing. The son lives in Ottawa, and was making his way back home when police pulled him over and charged him.
As his father reports, the lad was a stoplight away from the provincial border, driving slower than usual due to icy conditions, when he was stopped.
Quebec enforced a curfew – meant to curb the spread of coronavirus – that requires residents to be in their homes between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am, effective January 9 until February 8. It’s the first of its kind in Canada, and there are few exceptions. Maximum fines for breaking the curfew can be $6,000, with those over 14 (but not yet adult) having their own designated fine of $500.
The border in sight, 12 minutes after a curfew, winter conditions, kid headed out of the province.
Come on. Don’t we have enough things to deal with? I’d never ask for special treatment, but I do think we should extend a little reason.
If you’re an officer doing just that, I’d love to hear from you.