Project E.R.A.S.E.

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Project E.R.A.S.E.

Project E.R.A.S.E. (Eliminate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere)

E.R.A.S.E. (Eliminate Racing Activity On Streets Everywhere) is an awareness and enforcement campaign operated jointly by police services across Ontario in partnership with the Government of Ontario, with the goal of eliminating street racing and other high-risk driving behaviours. Aggressive driving and street racing are dangerous, unlawful activities which put innocent people at risk of injury or death. The real finish line may be court, fines, jail, vehicle seizure, a loss of driving privileges or even worse the hospital or the morgue.

History

Street racing has been occurring since the automobile was created. In the 1990's, illegal street racing reached epidemic proportions. Streets in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) were overrun with late night street racing. In 1996, three officers from Ontario Provincial Police, Peel Regional Police and the York Regional Police created "Operation Dragnet". The officers pooled their resources and dedicated themselves to develop an innovative enforcement and awareness strategy to reduce illegal street racing.

For the past ten years the program has expanded and evolved into what is now called "Project E.R.A.S.E." (Eliminate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere).

Call 9-1-1 if you see dangerous driving practices that could cause personal injury or loss of life. When contacting police, try to note the vehicle’s location, direction of travel, make, model, licence plate number and driver’s description.