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To “test” the police after the entry into force of a strict curfew on Saturday in Quebec (Canada), a motorist drove intoxicated in Sherbrooke.

A young woman walked her friend on a leash.

Result: a fine of 1,000 euros each.

The curfew, the first across a Canadian province in a century, went into effect Saturday at 8 p.m. (until 5 a.m. the next day) in an attempt to stem the second wave of coronavirus raging in Quebec.

Scheduled to last a month, it allows a few exceptions, especially for essential workers or people who own a dog.

Brave the forbidden

Saturday around 10:30 p.m., a patrol controls a motorist who defies the prohibition by driving with his son by his side, said a spokeswoman for the city police, Isabelle Gendron.

“We wanted to see what it was like to be outside during curfew,” admitted the son.

But a blood alcohol test revealed the driver was three times over the legal limit.

The sanction falls: 1,500 Canadian dollars (approximately 970 euros) for the violation of the curfew, driving license suspended for 90 days, confiscated car and lawsuits for drunk driving.

740 fines for not respecting the curfew

That same evening around 9 p.m., other police officers saw a young woman in her twenties who was walking on a sidewalk in the city center, keeping a friend on a leash.

To the police officers who questioned her, she explained without laughing "that she was walking her dog", "really to test us", according to the spokesperson.

The couple was fined and the young woman loudly assured that she would start again every evening even if it meant accumulating fines.

In the event of a repeat offense, the fine can go up to 6,000 dollars (3,800 euros).

Across the province, police have issued around 740 tickets to people who violate the curfew, according to official figures.


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