You have to see it to believe it. An Ontario Provincial Police officer conducting a roadside seatblet blitz near Ottawa, Ontario, made a startling discovery Wednesday. The front-seat passenger in a van he pulled over was enjoying the ride in cushy comfort, in a rocker recliner chair inserted in the van in place of the standard-issue seat. The recliner was not attached to the vehicle and by the looks of the photo provided by police (see it after the jump), a seatbelt was not part of the new configuration.
Here’s the release issued by Ontario Provincial Police:
On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, members of the Ottawa OPP Detachment were conducting seatbelt checks on Highway 417 on the Lees Avenue ramp as part of the Spring Seatbelt Campaign.
At approximately 12:15pm, an officer stopped a green, Chevrolet passenger van. The manufacturers installed front passenger seat had been removed and a rocker recliner was substituted. The recliner, occupied by an adult male, was not bolted to the vehicle.
The 33-year-old driver from Wendover, Ontario was a suspended driver. He was charged with suspended drive and operate unsafe vehicle on highway contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. The vehicle was removed from the road as an unsafe vehicle and towed. The licence plates were seized.