Peel police and Mississauga OPP urge motorists to drive safely this New Year’s Eve


Published December 31, 2021 at 3:32 pm

Police are reminding Mississauga motorists to drive safely this New Year’s Eve after charging a man with stunt driving on the 403.

On Friday morning, police say they clocked a Mississauga man driving 167 km/h on Hwy 403.

The 23-year-old Mississauga man was charged with stunt driving and received a 30 day licence suspension, as well as a 14 day vehicle impound according to a post on the OPP Highway Safety Division’s Twitter account.

Police are reminding drivers to watch their speed and are urging motorists not to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve.

Since November, the OPP and Peel Regional Police (PRP) have been stepping up checkstop efforts as part of their Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) campaigns.

Provincial restrictions prohibiting bars from serving alcohol after 10 p.m., and Peel police have some 100 officers out seven days per week conducting ride checks.

Chief Nishan Duraiappah said those who do intend to drink this holiday season to do so responsibly.

“One of the most common issues we see is impaired driving — it is the number one factor when it comes to collisions across the country, and we’ve seen instances of this increase in Peel Region,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday.

The Highway Safety Division said they laid 41 impaired driving charges on New Year’s Eve 2020, and told drivers not to “be a statistic.”

The OPP have doled out more than 1,000 charges in the campaign since Nov. 18.

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