Cell Phone Not Tied Down?
So we're driving over in Vancouver this morning, heading to an appointment, and I've got my phone on Google Maps because that always routes you best in real time. I have it propped against the dash pod in front of the tach. Out of line of sight, but as easy to glance at for the next turn as checking the mirror or the speedometer.
Stopped in rush hour traffic in the middle lane on Georgia at a light. Then there's a VPD cop comes up on a bicycle, and he's tapping on the right passenger window. When I open it, he tells me I can't have that unsecured GPS device in front of me. I asked him if this was a bylaw, and he didn't answer. But, he told me to take it off the dash - I refused, and said no something way I'm touching that thing in front of a police officer, it would be illegal to do so, and then asked my passenger to remove it so this guy would go away.
So maybe this is no big deal, but it's bugging me, I feel certain that cop was in the wrong. I'm trying to think how to respond to this situation, because I think that young man was out of line, quite frankly. I'm certain there's nothing in the MVA that specifies that your device has to be properly secured - otherwise there would be rules for proper securement - and I also don't think that the officer's instruction to me to move the phone was allowable, because that would be an offence under the MVA, in the circumstances.