Last weekend officers from the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and the Ontario Provincial Police, with support from the Town of Oakville, raided a large-scale car club meet. This event was to be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on Neyagawa Blvd in Oakville.
This event was not sanctioned and no permits were issued for the use of Town of Oakville property.
Responding officers converged on the area to manage traffic, educate and conduct compliance inspections and enforcement. More than 800 vehicles attended or completed a U-turn to leave the area after observing police activity.
In a span of four hours, enforcement resulted in 68 charges being laid including the following notable offences:
3 charges for ‘stunt driving’ including a 7-day licence suspension and vehicle impound;
Careless driving, including 48 km/h over on a residential street;
3 vehicles deemed ‘unfit’ for mechanical defects, charges laid, plates seized and vehicles towed; and
A number of roadside breath tests & drug screenings, including a 3-day licence suspension issued to a youth for violating the zero drug condition of their licence.
“Officers encountered car enthusiasts that attended Halton from across southern Ontario for tonight’s unauthorized event. Halton Police recognizes the popularity of these events however car clubs must obtain necessary permits, permissions and insurance, and otherwise respect the surrounding community,” notes Sergeant Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit. “Car enthusiasts who attend these events are obligated to adhere to all laws pertaining to mechanical fitness, alcohol & drugs, and the rules of the road. Operating a motor vehicle in Ontario on a public roadway is a highly regulated activity and applies to all road users.