GTA crackdown on organized stunt driving results in 70 people charged, over 60 vehicles seized

Four police services involved in Project Takeover

A joint-force operation involving several police services targeting organized stunt driving has led to charges against 70 people and more than 60 vehicles being impounded.

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York Regional Police (YRP) said Tuesday the investigation began after multiple reports between May 1 and June 24 of large gatherings of people at parking lots and intersections to engage in stunt driving and street racing. The behaviour included intersection takeovers, stunt demonstrations and races.

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Police said the events were highly organized and heavily publicized on social media.

YRP partnered with Peel Regional Police, Toronto Police and the Ontario Provincial Police to launch Project Takeover.

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The operation involved and covert and overt surveillance, including the York Regional Police helicopter in a bid to dismantle the groups organizing these events.

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Police laid a total of 67 criminal charges and 279 Highway Traffic Act charges. As well, 57 drivers’ licences were suspended.