24 Oct 2017

Singing while driving, is it a crime?

From The Panel, 4:33 pm on 24 October 2017
Be careful not to shout

Be careful not to shout Photo: Pixabay

One day recently, a Montreal man named Taoufik Moalla was driving along the road happily singing along to C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)."

It's a hard song to sing along to unless you screech a bit.

Four officers checked the interior of his vehicle; nothing was amiss with the car or its contents. But Mr Moalla received a $149 ticket for screaming in public. According to a Montreal bylaw, "to cause disorder by screaming" violates "peace and tranquility" and can be punishable by a fine of $50 to $1,000 for a first offence and $100 to $2,000 for subsequent infractions.

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