A stuffed animal tiger frightened a fellow roadster into calling 9-1-1. The officer's response puts a funny twist on a dangerous problem the law faces.
To start, it’s important to highlight the real emergency in this case. The person who called in the stuffed tiger didn’t use her phone for its intended instagram purpose. That insta would have put them on the map.
Connor Zuvich, from Vancouver, Washington (not British Columbia…another surprise twist in this story), discovered a life-sized stuffed tiger lying lonely next to some trash bags next to some lake located in less-than-domineering shadow of Canada. He naturally decided to strap the stuffed animal tiger to the top of his SUV (probably a Subaru given the location) and drive around the town everyone thought was in Canada.
A concerned citizen promptly called the cops, who arrived at the scene prepared to wage war with a ferocious beast that someone was able to train well enough to lay comfortably atop a car traveling at highway speeds. They quickly realized the tiger was a stuffed animal. Buzz kill. Police decided not to charge Zuvich with a crime because there wasn’t one. As the Sergeant of the City of Camas Police Department said, “no report was taken during the Monday incident because there is no law against strapping stuffed animals to the top of a car,” according to a Reuters story out of Seattle with Eric Walsh, Cynthia Johnson, and Victoria Cavaliere taking the byline.
UNC's Ramsees can attest to the true epidemic that is stuffed realism.
But distracted driving is not funny. It substantially imperils public safety and the law struggles mightily at all stages to protect the public from the antics of others on the road. N.C.G.S. § 20-137.4A is North Carolina’s law that prohibits the use of mobile devices for the purposes of texting while driving. To quote subsection (a) in its entirety is a good example of how rigid laws fail to flex with a constantly adapting society.