The Ontario Provincial Police is seeking help from the public after a large group of riders ran amok on the province’s highways on the weekend.
The motorcycle mob hit major routes in southern Ontario, including the Gardiner Expressway, Don Valley Parkway, the 409, 401 and 403, and Queen Elizabeth Way on Sunday afternoon. Reports say there was plenty of illegal stunting down the roadways, with traffic blocked as riders did wheelies, burnouts and general hoonery.
Needless to say, the straight-laced populace of the GTA is not impressed, with police receiving multiple complaints. The OPP didn’t shut the ride down, but supposedly followed along with a helicopter and took down plate numbers. There are reports that participating riders have been receiving police visits in the past few days, but we haven’t seen anything that we can confirm.
The OPP issued a public call for assistance in resolving the incident, with their Twitter feed saying “The actions of these riders jeopardized the safety of all road users by increasing the risk of collisions, as well as frustrating drivers which may lead to road rage incidents.”
The OPP’s official Twitter feed has video of one of the incidents, if you care to see it. They’re asking for help identifying the riders.
It’s taking a while for motorcycle mobs to become a thing in Canada, but it’s happening. There were some very high-profile incidents in the GTA last year that ended with serious police charges and motorcycles in flaming wreckage. The summer is almost over, but unless there’s an immediate, heavy police crackdown, we’re guessing this won’t be the last of it here. Labour Day weekend is just around the corner …