Wasaga Beach Unauthorized Auto Rally “Cost the Province, All Taxpayers”

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Barrie, Ont. –

A recent report prepared for the Wasaga Beach council sheds new light on the impacts of an unauthorized car rally earlier this fall.

A report prepared by CAO George Vadeboncouer highlights the significant law enforcement resources that were called in on the last weekend of September to help control the crowds at the unauthorized H2Oi car rally.

The rally first took place in September 2020, bringing together hundreds of people in the popular seaside town. After a chaotic scene, officers spent months preparing for the rally’s planned return in 2021.

According to the report, the cost of public works for officers overtime is estimated to be over $ 46,000.

However, due to the three-year billing model under which the OPP operates, the actual costs associated with the event will be applied to its response to large-scale events of its size across the province.

“But the reality is that it has cost the province, every taxpayer, hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Mayor Nina Bifolchi. “When this event happens elsewhere in the province, it costs us here in Wasaga Beach, so these events as a whole are expensive. “

Over the three-day rally weekend, OPP received a total of 488 calls for service.

Officers responded to 11 crashes, laid 399 charges and had 70 vehicles towed, 22 for stunt driving offenses and 33 were deemed unsuitable for the road.

The Ontario Provincial Police said officers would be prepared for his potential return in 2022.


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