Man Caught Playing Flute While Driving Gets Moving Violation

A man in Ontario, Canada, received a moving violation this week after he was caught playing the flute while driving.

The Halton Regional Police Department (HRPD) shared the news in a tweet on Wednesday.

"Traffic officer was conducting distracted driver enforcement today and was expecting a cell phone from this driver," the police department said. "A little surprised to find the driver playing his flute with both hands and following along to an [iPod] while driving! Charged!!"

A picture attached to the tweet shows the officer holding the instrument.

Traffic officer was conducting distracted driver enforcement today and was expecting a cell phone from this driver. A little surprised to find the driver playing his flute with both hands and following along to an IPod while driving!Charged!!#FlutesAndDrivingDontMix ^mb pic.twitter.com/qQJntk6T1K

— HRPS Burlington (@HRPSBurl) October 20, 2021

The incident took place at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday in Toronto, CCTV News reported. An HRPD spokesperson told the outlet that the driver — whose name was not disclosed — was first spotted playing the flute at a red light. However, he continued to play the instrument as the light turned green.

Ontario's distracted driving laws make it illegal for a driver to use a cellphone, a tablet or use their hands to program a GPS or other device while driving, including when stopped at a traffic light, according to the government's website.

However, drivers are allowed to "use hands-free wireless communications devices with an earpiece, lapel button or Bluetooth," the government's website said.

While actions such as eating, drinking or reading are not included in the province's distracted driving law, they can still result in charges for careless or dangerous driving.

Police told CCTV News that Wednesday's driver was charged with "start from stopped position not in safety" under Canada's Highway Traffic Act.

Naturally, social media commenters couldn't help but joke about the incident.

"Driving to band camp?" tweeted CanadianInvestigator.

"If he was serenading you, would it be considered a handheld communication device?" Twitter user Rene asked.

"Old school whistleblower," said another.

Keven Frankish tweeted: "I guess he's in real TREBLE now, eh?"

When one commenter asked the department what song the driver was playing, Matt Baker responded: "The Police — Don't stand so close to me!"

Unfortunately, the spokesperson for HRPD told CCTV News that they "could not advise what song was being played on the flute at the time."

In other strange driving-related news, a driver in Houston, Texas was caught using a fake skeleton as a passenger to drive in a carpool lane.

"Our deputies saw right through the ruse and issued the driver a bone-afide citation," the constable's office said in a Facebook post about the infraction. "After a sternum lecture, deputies wished him bone voyage!"

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A man in Ontario, Canada received a moving violation this week after he was caught playing the flute while driving. ittipon2002/iStock