Provincial Police laying down the hammer in Wasaga Beach as thousands of car enthusiasts are expected for a weekend rally that has not been sanctioned by the town.
On Friday, OPP towed 14 vehicles off of area roadways for a variety of Highway Traffic Act offences and issued 87 offence notices to drivers. Six motorists were charged with stunt driving, resulting in 30-day driver’s licence suspensions as well as 14-day vehicle impoundments.
Huronia West OPP Constable Liz Newton confirmed to Barrie 360 on Saturday morning the charges are all connected to the event.
“The OPP has consulted with town officials about this gathering, and they have taken the lead to ensure public safety,” Mayor Nina Bifolchi said.
Temporary speed bumps have been installed at entrance points to some parking lots. Two parking lots at Beach Area 1 (Spruce Street and Playland lots) will be closed for the weekend. The Municipal Picnic Lot off Fifth Street will be open to residents with a parking pass, as will the Beach Area 4 lot at the end of 24th Street. All other Ontario Park lots will be open for pay and display parking and Ontario Parks pass holders.
People who observe concerning behaviour during the weekend should contact OPP by calling 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122.