Polly want a ticket?

     A driver in southern Ontario was charged with a fairly unusual traffic violation last week _ travelling with a large, unrestrained parrot in her car.

     Provincial police were contacted Thursday after a woman was spotted driving with a large parrot on her shoulder.

     The woman was stopped near Stratford, Ont., and charged under a section of Ontario's Highway Traffic Act that forbids crowding the driver's seat.

     Police say a charge of that kind comes with a minimum fine of $110.

     Officers say crowding the driver's seat is not a charge they lay often.

     But they say that this is a reminder that driving with any unrestrained animals in a car can be a distraction that may lead to dangerous driving.