Here’s a video from the Manitoba RCMP below, via Twitter, which shows you just how dangerous distracted driving can be—and how silly the penalties are.
In this clip, a motorcyclist waits for the traffic light to change, then heads into the intersection, not realizing the semi driver to his right isn’t stopping. The driver, said to be a 50-year-old from the US, was reported by several bystanders to be on his cell phone. Unsurprisingly, the bike is a write-off and the motorcyclist (Rober Selby of Manitou, MN, a dad with three kids) ended up in hospital.
The CBC says Selby’s injuries were minor (bruises to legs, ribs and arms, and a sore neck), partly because he was wearing full protective gear, including riding pants.
Thankfully, a driver’s dashcam caught the whole affair and was used to ticket the semi driver. But, after almost killing Selby, the driver only ended up with a $203 ticket for distracted driving and a $203 ticket for running the red light.
He could have died. Thankfully, the motorcyclist only received minor injuries after this collision. Several witnesses saw the 50yo semi driver on his phone in the intersection – he’s charged w distracted driving & running the red = $406. #TrafficTues #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/4zbjKdowla
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) May 1, 2018