Ottawa police say a motorcyclist faces several charges after a traffic enforcement blitz on Friday night.
Police this week reduced their “Project Noisemaker” enforcement program to tackle speeding and stunt driving, along with excessively noisy vehicles.
On Saturday morning, officers stationed at Strandherd Drive and in Merivale and Meadowlands said Friday night two charges of stunt driving, 20 speeding tickets and three fines for running a red light.
One of the accused stunt drivers was on a motorcycle and was traveling 123 km/h in a 70 km/h zone at Strandherd near Longfields, police said.
Police allege that the driver refused to stop for police and tried to get away before being arrested. The person is also charged with fleeing the police, resisting a peace officer, driving dangerously, driving without insurance, driving with an incorrect driver’s license, as well as charges of not having a muffler and no license plates.
Last year, police imposed 157 stunt driving fines as part of “Project Noisemaker,” up from 78 in 2020. Police also handed out nearly 1,200 speeding fines and 175 noise-related fines in 2021.
Stunt driving costs are paid when a driver drives faster than 40 km/h on roads with a speed limit of less than 80 km/h, or when a driver drives faster than 50 km/h on roads with a maximum speed of more than 80 km/h. Each load comes with a 30-day automatic roadside license suspension and a 14-day vehicle impoundment.
Police are encouraging residents to file traffic complaints through the Ottawa Police Department’s online reporting tool.
“This information will be used by traffic cops to monitor drivers who regularly disregard posted speed limits, to show them how reckless and dangerous their actions are to change their behavior,” police said in a press release on Friday. “The information also enables agents to strategically deploy in locations where data analytics offer the greatest opportunity for improving security through enforcement.”