Police campaign targeting unsafe vehicles and aggressive driving in Halton

Published March 30, 2021 at 11:18 am

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) continues to receive various complaints from across the region regarding loud noise from motor vehicles that have been illegally modified by removing the mufflers or by modifying the exhaust system.

Police say that this unnecessary noise is often found to be accompanied by other illegal vehicle modifications, unsafe vehicle conditions and aggressive driving behaviours.

During the course of the 2020 Project #Noisemaker campaign in Halton, enforcement activities resulted in more than 1420 charges laid region-wide, 574 charges for no/improper muffler, 396 charges for unnecessary noise and 12 racing/stunt driving charges, according to police.

Police say the remaining charges were primarily vehicle defects, moving violations, licence violations, licence plate violations, violations of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act and violations of the Environmental Protection Act (removal of vehicle emissions components).

According to police, during the project, over 40 vehicles were removed from the roadway for various reasons including defects causing the vehicle to be unfit, improper licences and stunt driving legislation.

Additionally, the project was successfully implemented by various Police Agencies across the Province.

The Halton Regional Police will be continuing with the project as a result.

The region-wide project will be launching on April 1, 2021, and will run until October 31, 2021.

As part of the project, officers from the District Response Teams and Regional Traffic Services will collaborate with partner agencies to conduct inspections through an Operation Wreck Check, will target illegal street racing activity through Project ERASE (eliminate racing activity on streets everywhere) enforcement dates and will partner with Municipal Enforcement Officers to conduct enforcement of the Town of Oakville’s motorcycle noise bylaw.

HRPS remains committed to road safety through prevention, education and enforcement initiatives.

Anyone with enforcement concerns is asked to fill out an online form available on the Halton Regional Police Service website here.

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