A 51-year-old Canadian man has been fined for driving in a high-occupancy vehicle lane with a blow-up doll in the passenger seat of his car.
Ontario Provincial Police stopped the Burlington man on Wednesday morning after fellow drivers tipped off his inflatable friend.
According to the Toronto Sun, Constable Graham Williamson said incidents like this are rare.
“It was the cliche inflatable doll – the type you see in a certain type of movie, if you know what I mean,” Constable Williamson said.
“The doll’s mouth was in an ‘O’ shape and it was dressed in a baseball cap and jacket. The doll was strapped in with a seatbelt, so its safety was considered.”
The man was charged with two offences of improper use of a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane and fined $220. Constable Williamson said he hoped this bizarre example would discourage other drivers from trying similar stunts.
“I can’t help but to wonder if more people are trying and getting away with it. It’s not a wise idea. HOV lanes are there for a reason – they encourage car-pooling.”
For the record, police confiscated the doll as evidence, although the cap and jacket were left with the driver.