Mississauga partners with Peel Regional Police to reduce speeding and vehicle noise
The City of Mississauga says it has partnered with Peel Regional Police to reduce speeding and vehicle noise.
In a news release, the city said that municipal enforcement officers supported Peel police's Project Noisemaker and Eliminate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere (E.R.A.S.E.) initiatives this past week, issuing 23 tickets ($880) for COVID-19 gathering violations and four tickets ($385) for vehicle noise.
Police also laid 36 Highway Traffic Act (HTA) charges related to speeding and dangerous driving.
Project Noisemaker focuses on reducing the number of motor vehicles with modified and/or excessively loud exhaust systems on roadways. The penalties under the HTA include fines of $110 upon conviction or $305 for city by-law charges.
E.R.A.S.E. is an awareness and enforcement campaign operated jointly by police services across Ontario in partnership with the province that aims to eliminate street racing and other high-risk driving behaviours.
"I applaud the efforts of our City of Mississauga Enforcement Officers supporting Peel Regional Police in Project Noisemaker & E.R.A.S.E. enforcing to make our City safe," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement.
"The enforcement of these activities in our retail areas improves the safety and quality of life for all. This is especially important during the pandemic when gathering in large numbers presents a risk for everyone. We can't afford to take chances during our recovery from the pandemic. It is my hope the news of these charges and fines travels and raises awareness that these activities will not be tolerated or ignored in our City and they come with consequences."
The city says the primary location of the "car meet" activity was at Mavis and Britannia.
According to the city, officers also responded to incidents, which allegedly involved engine revving and burnouts, at 110 Courtney Park Dr., 6900 Airport Rd., Winston Churchill/Highway 401, 5100 Erin Mills Parkway and 100 City Centre Drive.
The city says some events included 100 to 200 vehicles gathered in a commercial parking lot.
Last week, outdoor gatherings of more than five people were not permitted under the province's grey/lockdown restrictions.
The province officially reimplemented an Ontario-wide stay-at-home order on April 8 in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
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