Cops from Oshawa to Brampton join forces for Project Erase to combat street racing

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Published May 25, 2022 at 3:12 pm

Cops from Oshawa to Brampton join forces for Project Erase to combat street racing
YRP's Air 2 helicopter caught this near-miss as the driver ran a redlight almost striking another car head on underscoring the importance of Project ERASE.

Durham Regional Police has joined forces with numerous other police services to launch their seasonal Project Erase with fight street racing and stunt driving.

York Regional Police leads Project Erase every summer season, working with Durham, Peel, Toronto and Ontario police to Eliminate Racing Activities on Streets Everywhere.

The project involves Durham’s Air 1 and York’s Air 2 helicopters, which will patrol the GTA skies in search of cars kicking off a race, driving dangerously or speeding.

The choppers work in conjunction with officers on the ground to spot dangerous driving, track the driver and coordinate a response. Officers will also be on the lookout for cars on the road that don’t meet safety standards.

“Street racing has no borders, and neither do officers across the province who are working together to E.R.A.S.E this issue,” said YRP.

Just weeks before the project’s launch, one 19-year-old underscored the importance of this initiative. On May 12, Air 2 spotted the man doing donuts in a Vaughan industrial area near Killaloe Rd and Hwy 7.

In the footage obtained by Air 2, the man’s black sedan can be seen whipping around a paved area with another person standing mere feet aways. He then takes to the highway, passing a motorcyclist on by driving up the shoulder the on-ramp.

“Looks like he’s gonna run,” an officers said in the recording, “so don’t even try.” The chopped continues following the car south as the driver weaves among traffic and races up the shoulder at speeds higher than 180 km/h through a construction zone.

He proceeds through a busy intersection, running a red light and cutting off oncoming traffic as other drivers try to turn. He continues to run multiple red lights as he travels weaving between cars and almost causing multiple accidents.

After an hour of reckless driving, the man arrived at a townhouse complex and parks underground. The YRP Canine Unit responded to the lot and saw the man bolt into a surrounding forest on foot. They arrested the man a short while later.

As a result of going for his rip, he was charged with flight from police, dangerous driving, stunt driving, driving without license plates, driving while using a phone, failure to stop at a red light and breach of probation.

His license was suspended for 30 days and his car impounded for two weeks.

The driver’s “need for speed put hundreds of lives at risk,” YRP said, “This driver won’t be the last, as YRP and partners prepare for our yearly mission to eliminate racing activity on streets everywhere.”

Police will be out across the GTA all summer working to stop this kind of driving.

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