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Politician Video Calls Into Debate On New Driving Law While Driving

Dominic Smithers

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Politician Video Calls Into Debate On New Driving Law While Driving

A US Senator has had a shocker of a Zoom call after dialling into a debate about tougher driving laws... whilst driving. Have a look at the footage for yourself:


Andrew Brenner, a Republican Senator, joined a meeting of the Ohio Controlling Board this week to discuss plans to introduce further penalties for distracted drivers.

House Bill 283 would see a ban on writing, the sending of or reading of texts, watching videos and taking photos. It also calls for a ban on live streaming and using applications while driving - as well as holding a device while driving.

A strong supporter of the proposed changes, the politician attempted to disguise his whereabouts by superimposing a photo of his office onto the background.

In a clip from the meeting, Brenner can be seen fiddling with the camera, turning it on and off while looking around as he drives along.

When asked about his bizarre and incredibly ironic video call, Brenner told the Columbus Dispatch that he didn't see any problem with what he had done, and that he had done it several times before.

He told the publication: "I wasn't distracted. I was paying attention to the driving and listening to it.

Credit: Ohio Controlling Board
Credit: Ohio Controlling Board

"I had two meetings that were back to back that were in separate locations. And I've actually been on other calls, numerous calls, while driving.

"Phone calls for the most part but on video calls, I'm not paying attention to the video.

"To me, it's like a phone call."

He went on to claim that he was parked for the vast majority of the Zoom call, and that he had taken the proper safety precautions.

Adding: "I was wearing a seatbelt and paying attention to the road."

This is, however, not the first time someone in high-powered position appears to have struggled with technology during a meeting.

Spare a thought for the American lawyer who earlier this year struggled to remove a cat filter during a court hearing.

Credit: 394th District Court of Texas/YouTube
Credit: 394th District Court of Texas/YouTube

When Rod Ponton virtually arrived to court in the 394th district of Texas he was using his assistant's computer and was shocked to see a cat filter was turned on.

Despite his best efforts, he couldn't for the life of him get the filter turned off. Hon. Judge Roy B. Ferguson said during the court hearing: "Mr. Ponton I believe you have a filter turned on in your video settings."

Mr Ponton said: "Can you hear me judge?"

Judge Ferguson replied: "I can hear you. I think it's a filter."

In what will probably be the most hilarious comment of February or 2021, Mr Ponton quipped back to the Judge.

"It is and I don't know how to remove it. I've got my assistant here and she's trying to remove it but uh...I'm prepared to go forward with it. I'm here live. I'm not a cat."

Featured Image Credit: Ohio Controlling Board

Topics: Viral, Funny, US Politics, US News, Technology, Weird, Politics

Dominic Smithers
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