Um, what? Man gets traffic ticket for singing dance tune in his car

Um, what? Man gets traffic ticket for singing dance tune in his car

Did someone call the fun police?

Apparently, a Montreal man’s decision to get down and belt out a 1990s dance hit “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” while inside his car has landed him a $149.00 ticket for being too loud in public.

On September 27, 2017, St-Laurent-native Taoufik Moalla was on his way to get a bottle of water from Provigo. He headed down St. Croix, cheerfully singing along to the 1990 C+C Music Factory hit when he heard a police siren behind him.

Police then slapped him with an outrageous fine, claiming his singing was deafening and he was “disturbing the peace.”

My car, my rules

Moalla, 38, said he was happily singing along with the windows mostly rolled up when he was stopped. “I don’t think it was too loud, I was happy, I was in a good mood and I was just repeating the refrain (Everybody Dance Now),” the father of two said in an interview. “Do you think that inside my car is a public place?”

Moalla said he was shocked and surprised at being stopped, as he’d put the CD on just moments before leaving his home.

Yelling vs. singing

Moalla was on his way to get groceries the evening he was pulled over and simply thought the police just wanted him to get out of their way. “It was one or two seconds, then I heard the sirens,” he said. “Finally, it was my car they were looking to stop.”

“They asked me if I was yelling and I said no, I was singing,” Moalla said.

The police then proceeded to check his license and registration and then came back with the ticket for screaming in his car, a fine for “disturbing the peace.”

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

Montreal police refuse to comment on specific tickets but have mentioned that Moalla can challenge it in court. Moalla has formally contested the fine but won’t get a court date for at least six months.

As for his wife, she isn’t surprised that her husband’s vocal abilities ended up with a fine. “She told me if it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300.00,” he said.


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