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05.03.2017 | Driving Tips

Ontario Police crack down to E.R.A.S.E Street Racing

Ontario police have just relaunched E.R.A.S.E, their annual campaign against street racing. In partnership with the Government of Ontario, the program’s mandate is to unify police officers across the province to 'Eliminate Racing Activity On Streets Everywhere'. Police will be on the lookout for any activity related to street racing or stunt driving on Ontario roads and Highways.

The Ontario Provincial Police have indicated their is a rise in street racing and stunt driving activity when the warmer weather arrives throughout the province. E.R.A.S.E aims to proactively prevent this behaviour in order to keep roads safer for all drivers. To patrol for this illegal activity, Ontario Police officers will be using regular and unmarked ground vehicles as well as helicopters.

The program originally launched in 1996 as a collaboration between a few departments but has since grown to include Police Services across Ontario. Relaunched on April 21, 2017, E.R.A.S.E has already been credited with charges laid for offenses that took place on Highway 400 in Barrie this spring. Several high-end vehicles were impounded as a result and the drivers received roadside 7 day license suspensions.

Dangerous Driving is a criminal offense. If convicted, you will have a criminal record for life.

Drivers that are caught in the act of street racing or stunt driving are not only putting others at risk, they can face serious charges, license suspensions and even jail time. If you are convicted of Dangerous Driving, you may be faced with up to $10,000 in fines and will have a criminal record for the rest of your life. You will also be labelled a high risk driver and and your auto insurance premiums will be affected for at least 5 years. For a second offense, you can be suspended from driving for up to 10 years.

Ontario drivers should also keep in mind that you can be convicted of Dangerous Driving while operating other vessels such as a boat. Be aware of the rules when you’re on the water this summer and don’t get caught facing an unexpected Dangerous Driving charge.

Following the rules of the road and water is the best way to keep your driving record clean and your car insurance rates low.

If you have a need for speed, you can take your lead foot to a race track where you can test your skills in a venue that’s safer for everyone. There are several race tracks across Ontario including Shannonville’s Motorsport Park and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. But remember, your insurance policy does not cover the use of your vehicle on a race track. If you have questions about your coverage, call your insurance broker.

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