OPP: 2 drivers believed to be involved in street racing on Hwy. 407 charged with violating emergency orders
Police released dash camera video of drivers allegedly street racing on Highway 407 in Oakville. (Twitter/ OPP_HSD)
Published Monday, April 13, 2020 5:40PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, April 13, 2020 5:59PM EDT
Ontario Provincial Police say two drivers have been charged with failing to comply with an emergency order after they were allegedly spotted speeding down a major GTA highway over the weekend.
OPP posted dashboard camera video on Twitter on Sunday appearing to show multiple vehicles travelling at a high rate of speed down Highway 407 near Trafalgar Road in Oakville on Saturday afternoon.
In the tweet, police said “multiple complaints” were made regarding street racing, which ultimately led to charges being laid against two drivers.
“Is this essential travel,” OPP wrote in the tweet, adding that the two drivers were charged with failing to comply with an order made during a declared emergency.
Multiple complaints from the public regarding vehicles #StreetRacing on #Hwy407 during the state of emergency...Is this essential travel?— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP_HSD) April 13, 2020
2 drivers are now charged with - Failing to comply with an order made during a declared emergency. #StayHome pic.twitter.com/VqAoVEyqwf
When asked if officers are laying charges against people who are travelling for purposes not deemed to be "essential," OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt clarified that officers are not.
Schmidt told CP24 that the two drivers had been congregating in a parking lot with a group larger than five people, which is a direct violation of the province’s emergency orders.
He noted that some of the people in the group do not reside in the province.
While public health officials have strongly urged people to only travel for essential reasons, such as medical appointments, getting groceries, and picking up medication, the Ford government has not issued an emergency order preventing people from travelling within Ontario or to other provinces.
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