Dozens of charges were laid during an unsanctioned car rally this weekend in Wasaga Beach.
Videos posted to social media showed cars doing burnouts and drag racing with throngs of people gathered in close proximity, and most were not wearing masks.
Police laid 172 charges for things such as stunt driving, speeding and careless drive. Also included in these charges were equipment-related offences such as improper tires, mufflers and lights. There were 14 vehicles removed from the road.
There were 11 tickets written up directly related to the Reopening of Ontario Act.
Officers with several outside police agencies assisted the OPP throughout the weekend.
Police set up spot checks at entrances to Wasaga Beach on Saturday night. Only those who could prove they lived in the town were allowed to enter.
Wasaga Beach Mayor Nina Bifolchi had nothing but praise for first responders and nothing but disgust for those who attended the rally.
“A huge thank you to Huronia West detachment and all other resources and agencies that came to town this weekend to assist. I don’t know that they could have done more.”
The mayor called out those who ignored COVID-19 guidelines.
“Along with my residents here, I’m angry,” said Bifolchi. “The total disregard for our community, respect for rules and the COVID situation was disgusting. That’s not the type of tourism we want to see here.”