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“Double standard”: Calgary police ticket for a South Asian car rally

fr24news– Outdoor gatherings are prohibited under Alberta’s public health restrictions, but were capped at 10 people at the time of the rally.

But three days later, Toor’s family received a $ 567 bill in the mail for stunting the vehicle. The ticket alleged that the driver was “driving a moving vehicle with unsecured passengers out of the cabin of the motor vehicle through the sunroof or windows with flags or signs pointing to other motorists.”

Steeven Toor’s family received a stunted ticket from the vehicle after participating in a rally on December 6 in support of the Indian farmers protests. Photo by Fourni

According to the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, it is prohibited to “operate a vehicle in such a way as to perform or engage in a stunt or any other activity on a freeway that may distract, surprise or annoy other road users. Highway”.

Of about 500 vehicles that participated in the rally, 67 stunting tickets were issued to registered vehicle owners, a spokesperson for the Calgary Police Department said.

“The tickets were issued primarily for traffic safety violations, including cases of people hanging outside vehicles, standing through sunroofs and standing in the backs of vans,” the spokesperson wrote. in an email.

The procession began in the northeast of the city, continuing to 16th Avenue and Shaganappi Trail, before heading to Stoney Trail and returning to northeast Calgary. Toor said the cars were traveling at slow speeds and with turn signals on.

“No one got involved. There was no side by side, ”Toor said.

“I think the most ridiculous part of it all is that people are trying to play by the rules of COVID. These are unprecedented times. Without COVID, we would likely be at city hall protesting downtown as anti-masks protest.

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