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Project Noisemaker starts with a bang in Barrhaven as stunting motorcyclist flees: Police

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Ottawa police’s annual Project Noisemaker targeting speeding, stunt driving and excessive noise kicked off by clocking a motorcyclist at 123 km/h in a 70 km/h zone at Strandherd and Longfields drives who then refused to stop for police.

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Officers caught up to the bike at a red light where the rider tried unsuccessfully to flee in the Friday night incident, the force’s traffic unit said.

The motorcyclist was arrested and charged with flight from police, resisting a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, stunt driving, driving with no insurance, driving with an improper licence, and with having no plates or muffler.

It was one of two stunt driving charges laid Friday with the second a driver going 112 km/h in a 60 km/h zone at Greenbank and Wessex roads.

A total of 20 speeding tickets were issued along with three charges of failing to stop for a red light and several other Highway Traffic Act violations as officers kept an eye on areas including Strandherd Drive near Greenbank Road and Woodroffe Avenue and Merivale Road and Meadowlands Drive.

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Saturday night patrols in Barrhaven and Riverside South yielded 27 tickets including nine for speeding, three for having an improper muffler, and two each for failing to stop for a red light and unnecessary noise.

The Hawkesbury detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is also gearing up to tackle summertime speeding, reminding motorists that stunt driving penalties have gotten tougher.

The previous seven-day vehicle impound is now 14 days and the driver’s licence suspension is up to 30 days from seven. Drivers also now face stunt driving charges at 40 km/h over the speed limit where the limit is 80 km/h or less.

Under amendments to under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, stunters face fines of up to $10,000 upon conviction and  court-ordered suspensions of up to 10 years.

“Speed has been the top contributing factor in road fatalities,” provincial police warned.

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