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A Woman Snapped A Photo Of A Cop Using His Cellphone While Driving And People Got Very Salty

It's illegal in Ontario — but not for everyone.

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Driving while holding a cellphone is illegal in Ontario, which is why so many people are upset that a police officer in the province was photographed doing just that.

NaTasha Anseeuw posted the photo on Facebook Sunday afternoon and it was shared more than 4,000 times in 24 hours.

It shows the officer with one hand on the wheel and one hand holding a phone up to his ear.

In Ontario, it's against the law to have a phone or other device in your hand while driving. Penalties for distracted driving can include a fine of up to $1,000 and three demerit points on your driving record.

Anseeuw noted her photo was taken by a passenger.

Given that, the photo got people pretty salty.

People even started posting it on the London Police Facebook page.

But — and this is an important but — police officers are actually exempt from the the ban.

The Highway Traffic Act states that certain people, including cops, park wardens, and conservation officers can use hand-held devices while driving "while engaged in the performance of their duties."

A London Police spokesperson told the National Post that officers are encouraged to stop their cars before using a phone, if possible, but sometimes they need to multi-task.

Anseeuw, however, doesn't think it matters.

"My point i was trying to get across is, it's 2016 why do they not have any form of hands free for cell phone use?," she told BuzzFeed Canada.

"Distracting driving not only puts other lives at risk but his own. I strongly believe they should be leading by example."

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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