Distracted cabbie curbed

Madison Erhardt

A Kelowna cab driver has been suspended for a week following a distracted driving incident that occurred Tuesday morning in Kelowna. 

Brian Prodor was driving southbound along Highway 97 near Orchard Park Mall when he was nearly sideswiped by a Kelowna Cab. 

''I looked at him and believed he was on a cell phone as he kept looking down towards his lap and away from the road, however, as I stayed slightly behind him as it was safer, he began lifting a transparent Tupperware container full of food in his left hand while using a fork in his right hand to eat,'' Prodor wrote. 

''This continued for a minute until I honked at him hoping he’d realize he was driving poorly and dangerously, however when he looked up he gave me the middle finger, started yelling, and continued eating and driving with his knees.''

The cab driver pulled into the Chevron on Highway 97 at Spall and Prodor pulled in beside him.

''He started shouting at me that I was too close to his car and tailgating him until I told him that I had a dash cam that had been recording. Then he told me it was dinner time and to mind my own business.''

Castanet reached out to Kelowna Cabs on the matter and they responded within the hour. 

''Our company policy is a one week suspension. We take the safety of our clients very seriously,'' said Roy Paulson of Kelowna Cabs.

Paulson says photo and video evidence is key to dealing with situations appropriately.

''We do appreciate it being reported to our office and through email. If there are any pictures  anything like that you can show us will help us deal with it right away.'' 

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