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Ontario woman ticketed for driving with a parrot on her shoulder, police say

File photo of a Macaw, a type of parrot. GETTY IMAGES.

A driver in southern Ontario was charged with a fairly unusual traffic violation last week — travelling with a large, unrestrained parrot in her car.

Provincial police were contacted Thursday after a woman was spotted driving with a large parrot on her shoulder.

The woman was stopped near Stratford, Ont., and charged under a section of Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act that forbids crowding the driver’s seat.

Police say 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.

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Many tickets are due, then. A lot of drivers on GTA roads seem that they are driving with a monkey on their shoulders.

February 12, 2018 at 7:14 pm

That’s ridiculous. The parrot was just an extra set of eyes on the road. What are the cops going to do next? If I was driving with a sugar glider in my pocket, would they ticker me too?

February 12, 2018 at 8:03 pm