Halton police bust ‘car club meet-up’ after ‘800 vehicles’ gather in Oakville

Published August 24, 2020 at 2:38 pm

Halton Regional Police say they laid 68 charges in a span of four hours in relation to a “large-scale car club meet that was widely circulated on social media”.

Halton Regional Police say they laid 68 charges in a span of four hours in relation to a “large-scale car club meet that was widely circulated on social media”.

Police said the meeting was scheduled to be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on Neyagawa Blvd in Oakville.

“Responding officers converged on the area to manage traffic, educate, and conduct compliance inspections and enforcement,” said police in an official release.

Enforcement officers said more than 800 vehicles attended and most “completed a U-turn” and fled the area when police arrived.

Among the charges laid by police:

  • 3 charges for ‘stunt driving’ including a 7-day licence suspension and vehicle impound
  • Careless driving, including 48 km/h over on a residential street
  • 3 vehicles deemed ‘unfit’ for mechanical defects, charges laid, plates seized and vehicles towed
  • A number of roadside breath tests & drug screenings, including a 3-day licence suspension issued to a youth for violating the zero drug condition of their licence.

The event was not sanctioned and no permits were issued for the use of Town of Oakville property, according to police.

“Officers encountered car enthusiasts that attended Halton from across southern Ontario for tonight’s unauthorized event. Halton Police recognizes the popularity of these events however car clubs must obtain necessary permits, permissions and insurance, and otherwise respect the surrounding community,” notes Sergeant Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit. 

“Car enthusiasts who attend these events are obligated to adhere to all laws pertaining to mechanical fitness, alcohol and drugs, and the rules of the road.”

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