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T.O. mayor reading while driving

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TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits he was "probably" reading at the wheel during his morning commute but says it didn't affect his driving.

Photos posted on Twitter appear to show the mayor reading a document while driving on the Gardiner Expressway.

When asked about the snapshots at a news conference Tuesday, Ford didn't deny it happened, but said he still kept his eyes on the road.

He blamed his busy schedule and said he uses the commute to catch up on his work.

In a post on their official Facebook page, Toronto police said they would not be able to lay charges because Ontario's distracted-driving legislation applies only to electronic devices. However, police are urging Ford to get a driver.

It's not the first time Ford's driving has come under scrutiny.

He clashed with a Toronto Transit Commission driver last month after allegedly driving past a streetcar's open doors, and was accused last year of talking on his cellphone while driving.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 15, 2012 A7

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