Getting around: Police cracking down on high milers, free transit on Canada Day


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Things are starting to open up – but motorists shouldn’t be tempted to let their throttles be among them.

The Ottawa Police Service’s traffic case manager reports that officers running Operation Overwatch targeting speeders and stunt drivers have issued more than 1,975 tickets, many for speeding at 30, 40 and 50 or more km/h over the posted speed limit.

“From Clyde to Blair, Alta Vista to Osgood, Baseline to Brophy, Hunt Club to Montreal Rd., we continue to focus on those not taking road safety seriously,” Sgt. Craig Roberts tweeted.

Operation Overwatch, launched April 25, has traffic and patrol officers citywide focussed on speeding, as well as other road safety violations, on roads with light traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, a second round what’s dubbed Project Noisemaker had patrol and traffic officers working into the wee hours to tackle street racers and unnecessary noise to issue 437 tickets, including eight stunt driving charges, and six criminal charges, Roberts tweeted Monday.