Singing While Driving A Crime? Montreal Driver Gets $149 Ticket For Belting Tunes Behind The Wheel [Opinion]

There are things you definitely shouldn’t do while driving: drinking and driving, for example, or texting and driving. But singing? A Canadian man found out first-hand that Montreal cops don’t have much patience for singing while driving, either — especially if you’re belting out an off-key rendition of a mediocre song.

As CTV News reports, Taoufik Moalla was belting out a tune on September 27 when he noticed the dreaded red-and-blue flashing lights behind him. He tells the News that the thought never crossed his mind that it was him they were after.

“I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker, ‘Please go to the right side.'”

Not one, but two Montreal police officers wanted a word. It seems they were concerned, at first, that he might have been in danger — they claimed he’d been screaming.

“I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said, ‘No, I was just singing.'”

By now you are probably dying to know the name of the song Moalla was singing, and the Inquisitr will keep you in suspense no more: it was the 1990 C&C Music Factory hit “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).”

As it turns out, in Montreal you can actually be fined and ticketed for loudly singing off-key. OK, officially, the law prohibits “[causing] disorder by screaming.” And it seems that Moalla’s singing that day was so bad that they cited him for violating the city’s screaming ordinance.

“I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket, but I was very shocked. I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything’s okay, if I kidnapped someone or if there’s danger inside but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that.”

Not for nothing, Moalla doesn’t fault the officers for giving him a ticket that day, saying he believes they were “just doing their job.”

And while he says he was polite and cooperative with the cops, Moalla isn’t going to take his ticket sitting down: he plans to defend himself in court when he gets a court date (which may be as much as a year away). And he has a pretty straightforward defense.

“Imagine if the [Montreal] Canadiens [hockey team] won a game. All the fans are going to scream out of their cars. They’re going to sing. Are you going to give them all tickets?”

For what it’s worth, Moalla says his wife sees the humor in the whole situation.

“She told me, ‘If it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300.'”

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