A Red Deer man couldn’t wait to get home to watch the new Lone Ranger movie starring Johnny Depp.
He was busted Wednesday evening watching the Disney flick on his laptop while driving southbound on Highway 2 near Carstairs, say police.
“I think he wanted to do something while he was driving,” said Sheriff Jason Graw with the Airdrie integrated traffic unit. “We see a lot of different distracted driving behaviours, but this is one we don’t encounter very often.”
Graw said officers received a call from a motorist at about 7:30 p.m. who told police he’d passed a man in a blue Chrysler minivan watching a movie on his laptop computer.
“Of course he was concerned, as we all should be, and called 911 to report it,” Graw said.
An officer was dispatched and also witnessed the driver watching the movie while driving.
The laptop computer was resting on the passenger seat next to the 42-year-old driver, who was the only one in the vehicle. It’s believed the movie had been playing for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
The charges could have been more serious but the man had not been driving erratically, Graw said.
About a year ago, a young woman was nabbed watching something playing on her iPad, which was resting on the dash, Graw said.
“Even a momentary lapse of attention can result in a serious crash,” Graw said. “You have to have your full attention on the road.”
He said there are some after-market devices and video equipment that can be mounted on the dashboards, but he reminded motorists that TV screens cannot be in use and visible to the driver if the vehicle is in motion.