Police stand behind cellphone ticket given to man with no cellphone

METRO WINNIPEG | Mar 7, 2012

by ELISHA DACEY

Winnipeg police said they are standing behind the officers who issued a distracted driving ticket to a man who claims he doesn’t own a cell phone.

In a statement emailed to media last night, the Winnipeg Police Service said they had ” information that is contradictory to the information that has been depicted in the local media.”

The WPS maintains two officers saw a man driving on Portage Avenue March 2 while talking on his cell phone. They pulled the man over after “several blocks” and gave him a ticket.

The only problem, said Laszlo Piszker, is that he does not own a cell phone. Piszker went to the media to tell his story, igniting a debate about ticket quotas.

Piszker told media after being pulled over, he invited the police to check his car and his person to find the cell phone, and his wife Margaret agreed. Instead, he said, one of the officers told Margaret to “shut up” and handed over the ticket.

Piszker said he didn’t pull over immediately because he didn’t think the flashing lights were for him. “I wasn’t doing anything wrong,” he said.

Piszker said he has contact a lawyer and is planning to fight the ticket.

Winnipeg police said they will not discuss the incident further, adding talking about the case in the media isn’t the “proper forum.”

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