‘100 per cent increase in street racing’: 3 takeaways from Mississauga’s third coronavirus town hall

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Mississauga hosted its third COVID-19 virtual town hall on Tuesday, May 5, allowing residents the chance to ask Mayor Bonnie Crombie, health officials and Peel Regional Police questions about how the city and region are responding to the coronavirus.

Here are three takeaways.

"100 per cent increase in street racing"

If you've thought there's been an uptick in speeding on Mississauga's mostly quiet streets during this pandemic, you might be right.

Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah said during the town hall that with decreased traffic, drivers' behaviours can change and "more liberties" are taken.

"We have seen almost a 100 per cent increase in street racing offences, which by law is 50 kilometres over the speed limit or more," he said.

Overall collisions are down on roadways in Mississauga and Brampton as well as the number of tickets being issued, he said.

Contact tracing apps being 'actively looked at'

Peel Public Health is considering using cellphone apps as a tool to help in COVID-19 contact tracing.

The apps, which can allow public health and government officials to track the location of the phone and users, have been deployed around the world to help locate individuals who may have been in contact with COVID-19.