The annual E.R.A.S.E initiative gets underway today and DRPS officers are joining police services across the province in targeting stunt drivers and street racers.
Project E.R.A.S.E., which stands for Eliminate Racing Activity On Streets Everywhere, kicks off at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan with several Ontario police services attending to show support for this important initiative.
As we move into warmer, drier weather, modified vehicles start to appear on our roadways. Project E.R.A.S.E. will be targeting drivers who use our roads as race tracks. The DRP helicopter Air1 will be assist the York Regional helicopter Air2, along with ground officers, to watch for vehicles racing at excessive and dangerous rates of speed.
E.R.A.S.E. is an awareness campaign operated jointly by police services across the province in partnership with the Government of Ontario, with the goal of eliminating street racing and other high-risk driving behaviours.
Aggressive driving and street racing are dangerous, unlawful activities that put innocent people at risk of injury or death. The real finish line may be court, fines, jail, vehicle seizure, loss of driving privileges or even worse, the hospital or death.
DRP would also like to remind the public of the Big 4 Killers on our roadways which include, aggressive driving, impaired driving, distracted driving and not wearing seatbelts. Street racing and stunt driving fall under the category of aggressive driving and can result in severe consequences.
Please call 9-1-1 if you see dangerous driving practices that could cause personal injury or loss of life. When contacting police, try to note the vehicle's location, direction of travel, make, model, licence plate number and driver's description.
Project ERASE Kick off (JPG file, 1,255.3K bytes)