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Nissan Micra Cup joins forces with Ontario law enforcement to combat street racing

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Nissan Micra Cup joins forces with Ontario law enforcement to combat street racing
Aug 26, 2016, 5:27 PM

Nissan Canada announced collaboration between the Nissan Micra Cup and Project E.R.A.S.E., to raise awareness about the dangers of street racing and encourage safe, responsible driving on public roads and race tracks.

Project E.R.A.S.E.-affiliated police officer to compete in Micra Cup
Staff Sergeant Chuck Kaizer
Normand Boyer
Valérie Chiasson
Nicolas Hammann
Carl Wener

Project E.R.A.S.E. (Eliminating Racing Activity On Streets Everywhere) is a collaborative effort of seven Ontario police services, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of the Environment.

Representing Project E.R.A.S.E. is Staff Sergeant Chuck Kaizer of the Ontario Provincial Police, Highway Safety Division, who will trade in his police uniform for a racing suit Labour Day weekend to compete in two Nissan Micra Cup races at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), near Toronto.

The goal of the E.R.A.S.E. program is to change poor driver behaviour through education and strategic enforcement.

“Motorsport is a cornerstone of Nissan’s brand identity, dating back to the 1930’s in Japan. The pride we have in our motorsport heritage is matched by Nissan’s commitment to safety for all drivers and passengers,” says Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “To that point, we saw an incredible opportunity for the Nissan Micra Cup to collaborate with Project E.R.A.S.E., to help raise awareness of the dangers of street racing, while providing a safe, regulated alternative for those with a penchant for speed and competition.”

A new, novice driver

So far in 2016, three joint education and enforcement initiatives conducted by Project E.R.A.S.E. affiliated police services have resulted in 107 charges and six arrests related to street racing. This does not include the hundreds of calls for service and stunt driving charges investigated over the past several months by the involved police services independent of the specific enforcement initiatives.

“What many people fail to realize is automobile racing is not synonymous with illegal driving on public roads. We see this in the alarmingly high number of reported street racing incidents and subsequent fines,” says Staff Sergeant Chuck Kaizer. “By collaborating with the Micra Cup, we’re sending a clear message to Ontario drivers who feel dangerous driving on the public roadways is okay – racing does not belong on public roads - there’s a safe way to satisfy the ‘need for speed,’ and it’s more attainable than some might think.”

Staff Sergeant Chuck Kaizer will be the latest novice driver on the grid next weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, joining a field of close to 30 Micra Cup drivers. Staff Sergeant Kaizer will drive No. 23 Micra Cup race car for team Project E.R.A.S.E.

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