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.
So an officer stopped a priest ⛪️ on his way to a funeral today....(not a joke) going 50km/hr over the limit😡...sho… https://t.co/OgFcgoN0C2— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP Highway Safety Division) 1562801725.0
@OPP_HSD Why should racing to one funeral justify possibly even more funerals?— Dave (@Dave) 1562802254.0
@OPP_HSD Yes... To avoid another funeral.— Eric (@Eric) 1562802010.0
@OPP_HSD licence suspended, vehicle impounded but call the funeral home & get them to come pick him up.— Betty Clost (@Betty Clost) 1562808413.0
@OPP_HSD Why should religion be above the law?!?! Ticket & have him walk the rest of the way to the funeral!— Tracy Armstrong (@Tracy Armstrong) 1562803620.0
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.
@OPP_HSD that's dangerous and reckless, no mercy for that, he could have killed someone!— Sheryl Fallon (@Sheryl Fallon) 1562802913.0
@OPP_HSD Biblically speaking, he knows he is required to obey the law. Hook him up. https://t.co/rrmMLhBsyG— Support Local Police (@Support Local Police) 1562849710.0
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.