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Man Caught With Phone And Tablet Tied To Steering Wheel (Photos)

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A Canadian man was caught driving with his cellphone and a tablet strapped to his steering wheel.

A Vancouver police officer spotted the driver wearing earphones and noticed the man appeared to be hooked up to the steering wheel, the Daily Mail reports.

"Can't make it up," said the officer in a Twitter post, accompanied by a photo of the inside of the driver's car. "Guy had iPad and cell phone attached by strings on steering wheel while driving! Yes, that's his ticket he is holding."

"Just when I think I've seen everything, a photo like this is captured by one of our officers," said Constable Jason Doucette, the Vancouver Sun reports. "We are reminding drivers to leave their devices alone while behind the wheel. And although our officer felt education was appropriate in this incident."

The man was driving a Lexus, which could mean he mounted the devices on the steering wheel so his hands would be free to operate his five-speed manual transmission.

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Luckily for him, police issued him only a $81 ticket for driving without a license, instead of a $368 ticket for distracted driving. 

"Based on the information collected during their conversation, our officer decided that educating the driver about the devices would be the most effective approach," Doucette said in a statement, reports CBC News.

Police weren't as lenient with the man caught driving while playing Pokemon Go, an incident which the Vancouver Police also posted to Twitter. 

"While playing Pokemon Go may be fun, it's not worth risking your life or the lives of others so that you can play while driving!" the police department tweeted. "Not to mention the $368 ticket this driver received after he pulled up beside two police officers while playing & driving."

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In October, Vancouver Police ticketed a woman driver playing the same game behind the wheel, CBC News notes.

Another 51-year-old woman was hit with the same fine, also in October, after she was caught playing that same game behind the wheel in New Westminster.

According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, drivers are five times more likely to crash while operating a handheld device.

In the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the official authority on distracted driving, which it defines as "any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system -- anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving."

Currently, texting is the biggest threat, says the NHTSA, estimating that 660,000 drivers use cellphones while behind the wheel.

Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for around five seconds, and at 55 mph "that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed," the agency says.

In 2015, distracted driving killed 3,477 people and injured 391,000, with texting teens making up the majority of those numbers.

Sources: Daily Mail, Vancouver Sun, CBC News, NHTSA / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Twitter/VPO Traffic via Daily Mail, Twitter/VPO Traffic via CBC

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