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02/21/2017 08:55 EST | Updated 02/22/2018 00:12 EST

Teen driver calls 911 to contest speeding ticket, gets educational talk: OPP

LEEDS, Ont. — Police say a teen ticketed for speeding in eastern Ontario apparently couldn't wait to go to court to contest the charge — he called 911.

Ontario Provincial Police say the 19-year-old was stopped early Sunday afternoon on Highway 401 in Leeds and the Thousand Islands Township.

After the traffic stop, police say the driver promptly called 911 to dispute contents of the ticket.

They say an officer went to see him, addressed his concerns and "educated him on the proper use of the 911 system."

Const. Sandra Barr says "option number three on the back of your ticket" — going to court — is the way to fight a charge.

Acting Insp. Mike Francis says non-emergency or prank 911 calls defer operators from answering real emergency calls.

"An emergency is any situation when the safety of people or property is at risk and requires immediate assistance," Francis said Tuesday in a news release.