Three men have been fined after allegedly skateboarding on the Gardiner Expressway, Toronto police say.
A video of the alleged individuals, shared on social media app TikTok, captures a far-away shot of three men zipping down the off-ramp at Bay, York, and Yonge Street.
Traffic was minimal, but cars are visible approaching from a distance behind the group.
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Traffic Services reported that the incident occurred on May 1 around 8 pm, and on May 6, three adult males were ticketed and fined $110 for “Skateboarding on a Prohibited Highway.”
Their actions were contrary to Toronto By-Law 950-300E(2).
“This behaviour is dangerous, pedestrians, cyclists, and skateboarders are prohibited from being on highways or expressways,” Traffic Services said.
Update to investigation of skateboarding on a section of the Gardiner Expressway. Highways and Expressways are only for motor vehicles, skateboarding, cycling or walking is prohibited ^bm @marksaunderstps @ShawnaCoxon @TPScott_baptist @TPSOperations @cityoftoronto @OACPOfficial pic.twitter.com/xtBmKBV0dD
— TPS Traffic Services (@TrafficServices) May 6, 2020
“We are seeing more and more of these grand standing and publicity seeking stunts. The Toronto Police do NOT condone this behaviour and will investigate those who choose to act this way.”
Police are appealing for witnesses — anyone with CCTV of the situation, in particular — to contact investigators at 416-808-1900 or 1-800-222-TIPS.