Are servants of God above speeding tickets? That was the question asked today by Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police. Schmidt reported that one of his officers intercepted a priest going over 150 km/h on Highway 400. The priest caught speeding in Ontario had an excuse, though. He told the officer he was driving to get to a funeral on time.
Sgt. Schmidt decided to start a Twitter poll to ask the public what should be done. Should justice be served? Or, should the priest be shown no mercy?
Unsurprisingly, the internet demanded justice. Out of over 4,200 voters, 75% of them said he deserved to be fined just like the rest of us.
According to CityNews, the priest was ultimately ticketed but managed to avoid a hefty penalty that could've seen his license suspended or his vehicle impounded. The Highway Traffic Act states that such measures may be taken if a driver is caught going 50 km over the speed limit.
However, some people didn't seem to think that the punishment was sufficient.
At the end of the day, officers made their own call on the matter, choosing to let this priest off the hook with just a ticket. Sgt. Schmidt says that they opted for a combination of both justice and mercy.
“Justice was served, but mercy was demonstrated,” Schmidt said to 680 NEWS.