Unauthorized car rally expected this weekend

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The Town of Wasaga Beach and the Ontario Provincial Police are planning another unauthorized rally of cars in Wasaga Beach this weekend, September 23-25.

“Residents can expect to see an increased presence of the Ontario Provincial Police in the community due to this event,” said Mayor Nina Bifolchi. “Police will take a tough approach to speeding, excessive noise, illegal vehicle modifications and dangerous driving. If necessary, the Ontario Provincial Police will tow and impound the vehicles. »

Wasaga Beach has a long history of welcoming visitors, but the city expects them to obey the law and respect the community, Mayor Bifolchi said.

“Participants in past unauthorized car rally events here have shown complete disregard for public safety, various laws and the police who enforce them. We call on the participants, this time around, to leave their bad behavior at home,” the mayor said.

The municipality advises residents, for public safety reasons, to avoid areas with a heavy police presence this weekend.

The Ontario Provincial Police will oversee community safety. Residents and visitors who observe illegal activities should contact the Ontario Provincial Police.

Rachael Ivak, municipal law enforcement coordinator for the Town of Wasaga Beach, said bylaw officers will be on the job throughout the weekend, handling bylaw complaints. See our website for contact details.

“In regards to noise and fireworks violations that are being seen across the city, we will be working closely with the OPP to ensure strict enforcement,” Ivak said.

The city allows fireworks on Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, in accordance with By-law 2003-28.

Some have suggested the city work with car rally attendees to hold a legal event, in accordance with the city’s special events bylaw. The city reached out to rally the participants, on several occasions, to discuss working together, however, at no time did the participants respond to the requests of the municipality. Details on holding a legal special event are available on the city’s website.

Some have also suggested that the city and the Ontario Provincial Police turn away unauthorized car rally participants when they enter the municipality. Such an approach is not legal.

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