One Toronto driver was living in the future this week after they were caught driving down a highway in autopilot. However, the OPP have charged the driver with careless driving after they were discovered to be flossing their teeth with both hands instead of paying attention to the road.
The OPP reported on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, that they had charged a 58-year-old motorist with careless driving after catching the driver flossing their teeth behind the wheel while using their car’s autopilot function.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt wrote that officers had pulled over a blue Tesla Model S sedan near Oakville that was going 135 kilometres per hour.
However, this wasn't just your typical speeding case. Neither of the driver’s hands were actually on the steering wheel as the car drove down the road.
Officers quickly pulled the driver over and slapped them with a careless driving charge, since your dental hygiene isn't more important than fellow motorist's lives.
It is worth noting that Tesla vehicles come equipped with a self-driving mode that helps them maintain speed, change lanes, and even park.
However, drivers are still responsible for paying attention and being ready to take over the wheel to avoid collisions or during more challenging situations.
A 58 yr old Tesla driver was stopped by #Burlington OPP in #OakvilleON, using autopilot while using both hands to f… https://t.co/oVyR0q5UmG— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP Highway Safety Division) 1578493727.0
However, ever since Telsas have hit the road, driving with no hands has started to become a recurring issue.
There have already been several serious collisions linked to drivers abusing this feature in the U.S.
Unfortunately, cases of distracted drivers aren't uncommon in Ontario.
A 60-year-old Kitchener man was ticketed last month after he was caught watching a how-to video while driving through a RIDE program.
Toronto drivers are also being warned of multiple closures on various GTA Highways due to several collisions this morning.
So, if you are driving on the 401 today, you should expect slower than regular commute times, but please don’t use that as an excuse to brush your teeth.