Wife no help as man misses stop sign

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Prince Edward Island provincial court

A man defending himself against a Highway Traffic Act violation in court Thursday in Charlottetown offered what had to be one of the more novel explanations for his belief he had done nothing wrong.

The man in question said be didn’t believe he had gone through a stop sign because his wife did not yell at him.

He told Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas that his wife is very observant when she’s in the car with him and if he makes a mistake she will tell him so.

“She didn’t yell at me,” he said.

He admitted that he’s not the world’s greatest driver.

“And if my wife was here she’d tell you that,” he added.

The driver was found guilty and fined $250.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Bob MacDonald
    June 15, 2014 - 08:54

    I'm actually curious as to why the Guardian didn't name the individual?

  • townie22
    June 14, 2014 - 08:30

    well, i'll give the guy an A+ for ingenuity, but wouldn't want to be in his shoes when he goes home to his wife :)

  • Earl
    June 13, 2014 - 21:00

    Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert....are you getting this?

  • Costs
    June 13, 2014 - 17:55

    Should have tripled that fine for wasting court time and resources.

    June 13, 2014 - 16:02

    Reading this actually made me giggle..........ALOT ;)

  • intobed
    June 13, 2014 - 15:26

    The really amazing part of this story is not what the man said as to why he got a ticket, but the fact that Charlottetown City Police actually gave someone a ticket for running a stop sign! I see cars running stop signs every day, and if police are around they just ignore it.

  • Island Girl
    June 13, 2014 - 12:49

    Awww...this is so cute! Bahahaha!!!

  • secampbell@hotmail.com
    June 13, 2014 - 11:46


  • Observer from the East
    June 13, 2014 - 11:01

    So is he saying the wife should have been fined $250?

    • Blue Noser
      September 25, 2014 - 23:23

      No, he is saying that it's simply impossible that he ran a stop sign because his wife always says when he makes a mistake, lol.

  • oh my
    June 13, 2014 - 10:14


  • Chris
    June 13, 2014 - 10:09

    C'mon, judge. A more appropriate sentence should have been some quality time with his wife at a four -way intersection. Maybe if he learned to cease movement at a stop sign she would cease movement of her lips. What marital bliss.

  • Stan Hope
    June 13, 2014 - 09:31

    Here's a primary example for retesting drivers after a number years behind the wheel.This hazard of a motorist admits to not being the "world's greatest driver". Retest drivers , if they fail take a safety course,fail again take away their license.This Island is loaded (no pun) with drivers who don't have a clue.

    • Tina
      June 20, 2014 - 09:40

      not only this Island, have you ever driven in Montreal or Ont?? theres bad drivers everywhere, but I agree I think once you turn 60 you should have to redo your license, and if you get a ticket for running red lights or failing to stop a a stop sign reckless driving or whatever the case, you should get one chance the second time you should have to redo your license, and go to training school.