3-year-old boy gets parking ticket for where he left motorcycle

Posted at 10:59 AM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-08 13:03:39-04

A 3-year-old Canadian boy received his first lesson in parking laws courtesy of a Halifax Police constable.

The boy wanted to park his motorcycle next to all the big ones and was surprised and elated when he received a ticket.

It’s a familiar sight and sound on the Halifax waterfront, all too familiar for Constable Shawn Currie.

“Part of my job’s in the waterfront,” Cst. Currie said. “I’m just public safety and part of it was just keeping the circle clear for emergency vehicles. A lot of the motorcyclists like to come down and park down here.”

It’s a big reason you’ll spot 3-year-old Declan Tramley cruising the boardwalk; it’s one of his favorite places to explore.

There are people to meet, shops to check out, but his favorite attractions are the motorcycles.

Accompanied by his parents, Declan loves to ride down on his bike, toss on his leather jacket, even mingle with his fellow bikers.

Lisa Tramley, Declan’s mother, said, “His dad, more so, brings him down to see the bikes and stuff, you know, once every couple of weeks.”

That’s when Declan had his first run-in with the law.

“He parked his bike just like the other motorcyclists would and he walked away and we thought it would be funny if I went over and just pretend to write a parking ticket,” Cst. Currie said.

Once Declan’s father snapped the picture, he sent it to the Halifax Regional Police, who jumped at the opportunity to post it on social media.

So far reaction to the picture has been overwhelming.

“I never thought it would explode,” Lisa said. “I mean, I was looking on different radio stations’ Facebook pages and everywhere, it’s just everywhere.”

“It’s nice to show the different sides of police,” Cst. Currie said. “You know, we’re not always the ones making arrests and hauling people away. We’re just normal like everybody else and like to have fun.”

“He loves his ticket,” List said. “He tried to go to sleep with his ticket actually.”

However, he probably won’t be so pleased years from now when he receives his first actual parking ticket and has to dish out the cash to pay for it.