On Friday alone, police seized eight vehicles driven at least 50 km/h over the speed limit.
One of those vehicles was a motorcycle the driver was using to do “wheelies.”
Two other drivers were speeding in a construction zone, police say. Both received fines and demerit points.
Over the last week, police have seized 15 total vehicles for stunt driving offences.
“Practicing physical distancing during the pandemic does not stop us from enforcing the law with drivers who fail to respect the rules of the road. We are in this together, please drive carefully,” said traffic unit Staff Sgt. Marc-Andre Sheehy.
Ottawa police say it’s possible that emptier streets — caused by self-isolation and work-from-home measures due to the pandemic — could be contributing to the increase in stunt driving incidents, but they couldn’t be sure.
The increase, nevertheless, is alarming, an Ottawa police spokesperson said.