Barrie police lay 27 charges in Friday night crackdown

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A Barrie man was charged with stunt driving and there were 17 noise-related charges during the enforcement initiative, police say

PRESS RELEASE
BARRIE POLICE
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Loud cars are one of the Barrie Police Department’s most common concerns, and our members understand how frustrating and disruptive these vehicles can be.

Road safety is an important priority for Barrie Police, and our department is committed to keeping our roads safe for all road users and will continue to address concerns raised about unsafe driving behavior on our streets.

Vehicle owners who modify their mufflers or remove mufflers entirely intentionally make vehicles unnecessarily noisy and disruptive to residents, an issue that many communities in Ontario also face.

This past weekend, the Barrie Police Traffic Unit conducted another enforcement initiative, laying 27 total charges, including 17 noise-related charges.

  • No muffler – motor vehicle (5 charges)
  • Improper muffler – motor vehicle (6 counts)
  • Unnecessary Noise – (6 charges)
  • Speeding – (3 counts)
  • Driving a motor vehicle – failing to display two plates – (2 counts)
  • Obstruction Plate – (1 charge)
  • Drive – portable communication device – (1 charge)
  • Plate displayed incorrectly – (1 charge)
  • No fender – (1 load)
  • Drive a motor vehicle – perform stunts – (1 charge)

A 29-year-old Barrie man was arrested on Mapleview Drive while driving 136 km/h in a 50 km/h zone – 86 km/h over the posted speed limit. The driver was charged with stunt driving and his vehicle was impounded.

Our Traffic Unit officers have provided additional training and resources to frontline officers to ensure they know what to look for when stopping a vehicle and how to apply sections noisy and modified vehicles from the Traffic Laws.

Officers from York Regional Police and Ontario Provincial Police joined Barrie Police in August to implement Project ERASE (Eliminate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere) in our community, and officers from Barrie helped out in York Region and last weekend at Wasaga Beach. By targeting modified and racing vehicles in surrounding communities, police are sending the message that this type of dangerous road use is not welcome anywhere in our area.

We know that many of these vehicles do not come from Barrie and that many travel throughout the province. These joint initiatives are an opportunity to pool resources to tackle the larger problem of illegally modified vehicles and dangerous street racing.

Several enforcement initiatives, including initiatives where officers from neighboring jurisdictions were in Barrie to help us implement targeted enforcement.

If you have concerns about loud vehicles, please complete our online traffic complaint form at: https://www.barriepolice.ca/citizens-online-reporting/. This allows our traffic unit to determine areas where noisy vehicles are occurring. The Barrie Police Department also worked with our Citizens on Patrol (COPS) volunteers to conduct a traffic speed investigation and watch for noisy vehicles. The data collected will be used to strategically deploy our traffic control resources.

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