Durham Regional Police joined York, O.P.P., Toronto, Ottawa and many other police services for the launch of provincial Project E.R.A.S.E. (Eliminate Racing Activities on Streets Everywhere) at Buttonville Airport. E.R.A.S.E. is a joint forces effort to eliminate street racing in Ontario.
E.R.A.S.E. was created to eradicate fatalities and injuries that arise when racers compete using cars modified beyond the driver’s abilities. Most vehicles are altered to increase performance, endangering not only the drivers but spectators as well. Racers have no consideration for traffic laws or public safety and often use dangerous modified fuels.
“Speeding is the leading common denominator in one-third of all serious injury or fatal collisions; it is dangerous and should not be tolerated. Street racing is like playing Russian roulette with a half loaded revolver. It is not a matter of if; it is a matter of when,” said Sgt. Jeff Galipeau of DRP’s Traffic Services Branch. “The community and citizens of Durham should be able to walk, bicycle or drive along our streets without the fear. We will take every step possible to stop street racing, which includes impounding cars and charging the drivers to the full extent without being afforded any discretion.”
Success of the program in Durham will rely on a team effort from both DRP and the community. Information regarding hangouts, dates and times of races and locations of races will help DRP in the fight against street racing. Anyone with information about street racing is encouraged to call DRP through our switchboard at (905) 579 – 1520.
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Insp. Burns joins Traffic Sgt. Galipeau and Cst. Wannop at the kickoff (JPG file, 397.1K bytes)