Ottawa police say a motorcycle driver is facing various charges following a traffic enforcement blitz on Friday night.
The police department this week brought back its “Project Noisemaker” enforcement program to crack down on speeding and stunts, as well as excessively loud vehicles.
On Saturday morning, police said officers stationed on Strandherd Drive and in Merivale and Meadowlands on Friday night issued two stunt driving charges, 20 speeding tickets and three tickets for running a red light.
One of the stunt performers charged was on a motorbike and traveling at 123km/h in a 70km/h zone on Strandherd near Longfields, police said.
Police allege the driver refused to stop for police and attempted to flee before being arrested. Individual also faces charges of fleeing police, resisting a peace officer, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving with an improper license, as well as charges of missing a muffler. and lack of license plates.
Police filed 157 stunt driving charges under Project Noisemaker last year, up from 78 in 2020. Police also handed out nearly 1,200 speeding tickets and 175 noise-related fines in 2021.
Stunt driving charges are issued when a driver exceeds 40 km/h on roads with a posted speed limit of less than 80 km/h, or when a driver exceeds 50 km/h on any road with a posted speed limit of speed over 80 km/h. Each charge comes with an automatic 30-day driver’s license suspension and 14-day vehicle impoundment.
Police are encouraging residents to file traffic complaints through the Ottawa Police Service’s online reporting tool.
“This information will be used by traffic officers to track drivers who regularly violate posted speed limits to show them how reckless and dangerous their actions are in order to change their behavior,” police said in a statement. Friday press release. “The information also allows officers to strategically deploy to locations at times when data analysis shows the greatest opportunity for improved safety through law enforcement.”