Hamilton, Ontario ,

Project PIT STOP is Stepping Up Enforcement on Speed and Excessive Noise

Project PIT STOP started on Friday, July 3, 2020, and will run for three consecutive weekends, concluding on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

Hamilton Police have received numerous complaints regarding groups of individuals racing vehicles in and around the city. These vehicles have been violating several highway traffic offences causing unsafe road conditions and an overall nuisance to the general public.

Many of the vehicles are modified in various ways which can leave the vehicles in an unsafe state.

Project PIT STOP targeted the area of Queenston Road between Centennial Parkway and the Red Hill Valley Parkway in Hamilton.

After two weekends of running the project, Hamilton Police have issued 104 Provincial Offence Notices including charges for:

  • Stunt Driving
  • Speeding
  • Improper Muffler
  • Obstruct Plate
  • Fail to Display Two Plates
  • Fail to Surrender Insurance Card.

There have been 33 charges laid involving more serious driving offences such as:

  • Drive while under suspension
  • Stunt Driving (wheelies, burnouts, fishtails)
  • Drive Motor Vehicle – No Plates
  • No Plates
  • Unsafe Vehicle
  • Plate not Visible
  • Improper Licence

Police also seized 15 vehicles as a result of the above charges as well as laid 9 criminal charges in relation to follow up investigations.

The fastest recorded speed on Queenston Road was on July 3, 2020, where the vehicle was travelling 115km/h in a 50 km/h zone. The driver was charged with Stunting and his vehicle impounded along with a driver's licence suspension for 7-days.

Hamilton Police will continue Project PIT STOP one more weekend and plan to run a PIT STOP 2 later this summer.

If you have information that can help with this project please call Acting Sergeant Adrian Biggs or Acting Sergeant Rees Morgan at 905 540-5179

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com

Hamilton Police are committed to making our Hamilton streets safer for all users. If you are an individual who modifies your vehicle, please make sure you check with all Highway Traffic Act rules and regulations to ensure the modifications have been done legally and don’t render the vehicle unsafe to drive.

Slow down and respect the community.