Peel police have already laid 63 charges in the first weekend of Project ERASE – Eliminate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere.
The annual campaign began Aug. 5 and will run through Oct. 9, targeting the rising incidence of organized street racing.
In the past 17 years, more than 50 people have died across the province in illegal street races, according to police. It has been a traffic safety concern throughout the GTA for several years.
Police will be patrolling the “hotspot” locations in Brampton and Mississuaga – known hangouts, meeting spots and streets used for racing – on the nights street racing is most prevelant.
Education and enforcement are the focus of the campaign, in an attempt to change driver attitudes and promote road safety.
The first weekend saw the following charges laid:
- 16 speeding
- 4 cellphone/distracted driving
- 2 seat belt violations
- 14 equipment violations/illegal vehicle modifications
- 5 suspended drivers
- 3 insurance violations
- 1 liquor offence
- 18 document violations
- 1 licence suspension for blowing a “warn” on a roadside breath screening device.
Source: The Brampton Guardian