Driver gets a ticket for singing too loud

Fun police? Montreal man says he was given $149 ticket after singing while driving

Not music to their ears: Montreal police ticket man for screaming in his car

If it's a crime to sing in the auto, who among us is not guilty?

A Montreal man's decision to let loose and belt out a 1990s dance hit while inside his vehicle has landed him a $149 ticket for being too loud in public.

He thought the officers were trying to get past, but they were signalling for him to pull over.

Moalla, a father of two, was a few metres from his St-Laurent home on September 27 when he saw a police vehicle pull up behind him on Ste-Croix Ave.

"They asked me if I was screaming".

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But Moalla contested his singing was overly loud, telling CTV Montreal that he was just "happy" and enjoying the song.

He was on his way home after doing some shopping when the popular track started playing.

Moalla said police checked his license and registration and then came back with a $149 dollar surprise: a ticket for screaming in public.

"I don't know if my voice was very bad and that's why I got the ticket, but I was very shocked", Moalla told the television network.

A few minutes later, Moalla says police handed him a $149 ticket for "screaming in public".

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But Taoufik Moalla said Monday he'll fight the ticket and denies his singing was as deafening as authorities claim.

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

The infraction, based on a Montreal bylaw aimed at protecting peace and tranquility, made little sense to Moalla. "All the fans are going to scream out of their cars".

"It was one or two seconds, then I heard the sirens". They're going to sing.

Moalla said his wife feels differently: apparently, she told him she would "have given [him] a ticket for $300". "But to give me a ticket for that is a bit odd".

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HuffPost reached out to Montreal's police department, which declined to comment on the case but sent a statement detailing Moalla's legal options.

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