We Teach Kids to Call 911 - This Brave Boy Did

November 18, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

In a recent case in York Region the police got a 911 call from a cellphone in the late afternoon. There was no voice, but the 911 dispatcher could hear what sounded like the inside of a car. The caller hung up, but the dispatcher called back and a young boy answered the phone.

According to the dispatcher, the young boy was clearly scared for his wellbeing. He was calm though, and gave his age and name to the dispatcher along with his home address and a description of his mother's car. He told them that he thought she was drunk. The mother took over the call and insisted she'd only had one drink and that she was fine.

The police were able to track her down a short time later and pulled the van over. They administered a roadside test and arrested the mother for impaired driving when she blew over twice the legal limit for alcohol. They arrested her and too, custody of the boy, then turning him over to his father for safe keeping.

Police are filled with praise for the young boy who had the courage to do the right thing and to call 911 on his mom. York Regional Police have laid more than 1500 charges this year for impaired driving. They ask that anyone who sees a suspected drunk driver call 911 and report them immediately. Calling 911 on a hand held device is permitted under law. Police rely on the public to report cases of drunk driving as they can’t be everywhere. When you report a drunk driver you may well be saving a life.

The Glove and Mail has done an excellent summary of what is and is not permitted under distracted driving laws.


What you can't do legally

Here's what sections 78 and 78.1 say you can't do while driving, including while stopped at a light, according to the MTO:

  • Use hand-held wireless communication devices like cell phones, iPhones or BlackBerrys
  • Text, dial or e-mail
  • Use hand-held electronic entertainment devices, like iPods or other portable MP3 players and GameBoys
  • Program a GPS device, other than by voice commands
  • View display screens unrelated to driving on devices like laptops, tablets and DVD players

What you can do legally

  • Use hands-free wireless communications devices with an earpiece, lapel button or Bluetooth device;
  • View the display screens of GPS units that are integrated into the vehicle or mounted on a dashboard and not obscuring the driver's view;
  • Use portable MP3 players hands-free, as long as they're secured in or mounted to the vehicle
  • Call 911




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