Huron OPP brace for possible illegal car rally

Goderich - The Square (photo by Bob Montgomery)

Huron County OPP are preparing for the possibility of an illegal car rally and warning of possible road closures in Goderich this weekend.

The warning comes after police officers laid numerous criminal and traffic-related charges at an unauthorized modified car rally event in Wasaga Beach recently. Police allege many participants engaged in illegal acts like mischief, dangerous driving, impaired driving, disturbing the peace, break and entering, and other offences.

Huron County OPP and Town of Goderich officials are working together with additional resources this weekend with the goal of ensuring the citizens of Goderich are protected from any unauthorized or unsanctioned event. The Town of Goderich and Huron County OPP may temporarily close roadways to prevent illegal activities and disruptions. Should this happen, officials will work to restore the orderly flow of traffic.

As specific delays or closures become known, the OPP will forward information to media outlets for broadcast and post advisories on OPP West Region Twitter and Facebook accounts.  The traveling public is advised to check ahead for road closure information and to monitor local media for information and alternate routes. Huron County OPP and the Town of Goderich will continue to actively monitor the situation leading into and throughout the weekend. Unsanctioned car rally participants can expect a heightened police presence in Goderich. Individuals acting unlawfully may be charged and their vehicle may be towed.

“Should an unauthorized car rally attempt to come to Goderich this weekend I want to reassure our local citizens we are fully prepared and have the necessary policing resources in place to protect our community. Community safety is our highest priority, and we will do absolutely everything within our policing and municipal powers to ensure it,” said Huron OPP Detachment Commander, Inspector Jason Younan.

“The Town of Goderich is working together in a public safety partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and law-abiding visitors. Responsible and respectful visitors who follow the law are always encouraged to visit the Town of Goderich. The Ontario Provincial Police has all the resources required to deal with this unauthorized Car Rally. I ask residents who witness illegal activity to avoid intervening in an effort to stop it. Instead, please report this activity to police immediately and allow them to do their job. This is for your safety. I thank you for your support and your patience,” said Goderich Acting Mayor Myles Murdock.

Members of the public who observe any suspicious or illegal activity are encouraged to contact police by calling 1-888-310-1122 or 911 for emergencies and crimes in progress. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.