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More than 300 charges laid in 'Operation #NoiseMaker;' another bid to curb street racing in Ottawa

This initiative was launched last weekend, in addition to Operation Overwatch, which has been targeting local speeders since early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Ottawa Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police and Ottawa bylaw officers laid hundreds of charges over just a couple days for vehicles breaking speeding and noise rules.

'Operation #NoiseMaker' was launched last weekend in response to enforcement requests specific to street racing and excessive noise, which police say is being generated primarily from aftermarket modifications to vehicle muffler and exhaust systems. 

"High speeds and street racing continue to be a problem across the city, as is the noise related to this dangerous and irresponsible behaviour," stated Sgt. Craig Roberts, Ottawa Police Traffic Case Manager. "We’ve heard from residents from every corner of the city and agree that the excessive and unnecessary noise generated by a small minority of car and motorcycle enthusiasts has gotten to the level that it is definitely having a negative impact on residents’ quality of life."

While street racing and stunt driving continue to be enforced on a daily basis, Operation #NoiseMaker dedicates resources to known problematic locations in order to address those involved in generating unnecessary noise. 

Ottawa police have also been running Operation Overwatch, targeting speeders on local streets since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This past weekend, 307 provincial offence (PON) charges and three Criminal Code offences were issued, including: 

  • 55 Excessive noise/improper mufflers
  • 47 Speeding offences
  • 4 Stunt driving
  • 2 Suspended drivers
  • 2 No insurance 

As well as:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking a schedule 1 substance
  • Distribution of illicit cannabis
  • Possession of property obtained by crime 

"Careless drivers make themselves an easy target, while giving legitimate car and motorcycle enthusiasts a bad name. We’ll continue to take a zero-tolerance approach until they get the message," added Sgt. Troy Froats, #NoiseMaker operational lead. 

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