A Massive Police Blitz is Set to Hit Mississauga

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Mississauga drivers will want to be aware of a very important police blitz that’s set to hit Peel Region this weekend, and run into the fall.

The cause?

To eliminate street racing, stunt driving, and other high-risk driving behaviours across the province.

According to Peel Regional Police, Project ERASE (Eliminate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere) kicks off on Friday June 15, 2018, and will run through October 2018.

Ultimately, street racing and stunt driving won’t be tolerated on the streets across Ontario.

A total of 22 police services including Barrie police, Durham Regional Police, Belleville police, Ontario Provincial Police, Peel Regional Police, Halton Regional Police, South Simcoe police, York Regional Police, and more, are participating in the blitz.

It's no secret that street racing is a major and dangerous issue across the province.

“Excessive speed has consistently been the greatest contributing factor in many fatal collisions that have occurred in the Region of Peel,” reads a recent release from Peel police.

“Street racers put themselves and unsuspecting road users at risk of death or serious injury when they choose to disobey traffic laws. They drive without due care and control and with a disregard for public safety.”

Police advise residents to call 9-1-1 if they see dangerous driving practices that could cause personal injury or loss of life.

When contacting police, you can note the vehicle's location, direction of travel, make, model, licence plate number and driver's description.

“Aggressive driving and street racing are dangerous, unlawful activities which put innocent people at risk of injury or death,” reads the release.

“The real finish line may be court, fines, jail, vehicle seizure, a loss of driving privileges or even worse the hospital or the morgue.”

Police will be using a variety of methods to stop illegal street racing in Ontario, including helicopters and undercover vehicles.

According to another release, street racing reached "epidemic proportions" in the 1990s. It was in 1996 that three officers from Ontario Provincial Police, Peel Regional Police and the York Regional Police created "Operation Dragnet" to reduce illegal street racing.

That project has now evolved into this massive police blitz.

Have you seen street racing in Mississauga?

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