Traffic ticket tossed out for senior citizen accused of talking on cellphone while driving
Published Thursday, November 29, 2012 5:30PM CST
Last Updated Friday, November 30, 2012 3:55PM CST
A traffic ticket handed to a Winnipeg senior citizen for talking on a cellphone while driving has been tossed out. Laszlo Piszker was outraged by the ticket in March and said he never owned a cellphone.
He and his representative said they’re happy with the decision dropping the case.
“I’m glad because it was weighing heavily on him,” said Len Eastoe from Traffic Ticket Experts.
An officer gave Piszker the ticket in March.
“They didn't have a phone in the car. They offered the officers to search the car and that wasn't done, and I think the Crown has made a really good decision here,” said Eastoe.
Piszker didn’t want to conduct an on-camera interview on Thursday.
A similar case in Brandon was overturned in March.
Eastoe said cellphone tickets get overturned regularly.
“I think the justice system has balanced out in this case anyway,” said Eastoe.
Since Piszker’s story first made headlines in March, he and his wife have received several calls of support from across North America from people with similar tales.
The Piszkers said the decision lifts a weight from their shoulders.
Winnipeg police issued a statement on Nov. 30 about the charge being stayed against Piszker.
"The Winnipeg Police Service remains supportive of the two involved member’s actions that day. The Service along with the two members are extremely disappointed with the decision and feel that this matter should have proceeded to trial, giving the court an opportunity to determine the outcome," said Winnipeg police in a statement.