The Laval police department is stubbornly standing by its officers who arrested and ticketed a woman for not holding an escalator handrail and having the gall to protest when they demanded she do so. This action caused outrage that is still giving Patrick Lagacé column ideas.
The argument for the police isn’t logically wrong. The STM’s bylaws require people to obey pictograms and there is a pictogram telling people to hold handrails. The fine issued wasn’t excessive legally.
But there’s a reason why courts are run by human judges: laws must be interpreted through the filter of common sense.
For example, if we posit that escalator pictograms must be always followed to the letter, what to make of this:
So strollers have to be held in front of you.
But strollers are prohibited.
Perhaps this is why the STM doesn’t ticket people routinely for ignoring these warnings. Even they don’t take them seriously.