Wasaga Beach cops and officials brace for unauthorized car rally, warn of penalties


WASAGA BEACH, ONT. – City officials and provincial police say they expect an unauthorized rally of cars in Wasaga Beach, Ont., this weekend and are warning attendees that illegal behavior will not be tolerated.

Mayor Nina Bifolchi says there will be an increased police presence in the community and officers will take a tough approach to speeding, dangerous driving, excessive noise and illegal vehicle modifications.

She says participants in past unsanctioned car rally events in the city have shown a “complete disregard” for public safety and various laws.

Bifolchi says she calls on participants to leave their bad behavior at home.

The city noted that it contacted attendees several times to discuss working together for a legally organized event, but said attendees did not respond to requests from the municipality.

The Ontario Provincial Police say a recent unauthorized rally of cars in Wasaga Beach resulted in numerous charges of criminal and traffic offenses after dangerous driving, impaired driving, break and enters burglary and other illegal activities.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 23, 2022.

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