OPP in Southern Ontario were contacted last week after a woman was spotted driving with a large PARROT on her shoulder. The woman was stopped near Stratford and charged under a section of Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act that forbids crowding the driver’s seat!
A charge of that kind comes with a minimum fine of $110. Officers say crowding the driver’s seat is not a charge they lay often. But they say that this is a reminder that driving with any unrestrained animals in a car can be a distraction that may lead to dangerous driving.
“We see these things happen with small dogs, sometimes cats, that are on people’s laps as they’re driving,” said Const. Laura Lee Brown, a spokeswoman for the OPP Perth County division. “It’s not unheard of for us to be called about someone travelling with a pet on their lap… (but) this is one of the first instances of someone reporting a large breed bird flying around in a vehicle.