PROJECT NOISEMAKER: Ottawa cops crackdown on dangerously fast, noisy driving

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As the Ottawa Police Service launches its third annual Project Noisemaker this month, the force said there’s a new option for residents to help police tackle dangerous speeding, stunting and excessive noise.

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The initiative is dubbed “Hear it. See it. Report it.”

While dangerous driving that poses an immediate threat should be reported to 911, people can make online reports to help put officers in the places and at times when they can do the most to increase traffic safety, police said.

Previously, reports had to be linked to a specific incident.

Information is also used by traffic officers to “follow up” with drivers who regularly flout posted speed limits, police said.

Ottawa police officers stop an average of 10 stunt drivers a week. They face a 14-day vehicle seizure and a 30-day driving suspension and ends up to $10,000 upon conviction.

During the 2021 edition of Project Noisemaker, charges for stunt driving doubled to 157 from 78 in 2020. Police laid nearly 1,200 speeding charges and 175 improper muffler charges last year.

In Ontario, stunt driving includes driving 50 km/h or more over the speed limit or 40 km/h or more over the speed limit on roads with a speed limit less than 80 km/h.

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