Man Ticketed for Singing While Driving

A Montreal man is contesting a $149 ticket issued to him by police for singing while driving. According to Taoufik Moalla he was on his way to buy a bottle of water while singing 1990s song “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” on September 27th when all of a sudden he heard sirens behind him.

“I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker, ‘Please go to the right side,’” Moalla told CTV Montreal. “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.’”

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Moalla says that after pulling over, police ran his license and registration and to his surprise, came back to his vehicle with a $149 ticket. His ticket was for screaming in public… a ticketable offense in Montreal. According to the city’s bylaws, “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.

“I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket, but I was very shocked,” Moalla said. “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.”

Despite being harassed by cops just for singing to a song that he especially was fond of, Moalla told CTV Montreal that he kept his calm. After getting the ticket he thanked the officer knowing that he could just contest the ticket. “They were doing their job,” said Moalla.

Moalla is contesting the ticket and is awaiting a court date. Moalla plans to recount to the judge the day’s events once he gets his day in court.

“Imagine if the Canadiens won a game,” he said. “All the fans are going to scream out of their cars. They’re going to sing. Are you going to give them all tickets?”

Moalla’s wife, however, said she wasn’t surprised that her husband’s vocals netted him a fine.

“She told me, if it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300,” he said.