WATERLOO -- Waterloo regional police laid 310 charges during a month-long blitz cracking down on unsafe behaviour among university and college students.

Project Safe Semester, a September initiative that police say "promotes the safety and well-being" of the region's post-secondary students, led to a slew of liquor, traffic and Criminal Code offences.

The offences include:

  • 132 Liquor Licence Act offences
  • 115 Highway Traffic Act offences
  • 11 three-day suspensions
  • 14 Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act offences
  • 38 arrests

Police said another 165 charges were laid during Homecoming-related events, including:

  • 85 Liquor Licence Act offences
  • 59 Highway Traffic Act offences
  • 15 Criminal Code and drug-related offences

According to a release, police also made five arrests.

Among them included the arrest of an individual relating to a stolen vehicle incident near University Avenue West in Waterloo.

Police said on Sept. 25 around 11:30 p.m., officers attempted to make a traffic stop when a male driver fled the area and drove through fencing on both ends of Ezra Avenue.

The driver allegedly continued onto Union Street before hitting a roundabout and attempting to flee on foot.

Police said the man was approached by another male as he fled, with the driver threatening the victim with a knife and a physical altercation ensuing before police arrived.

A 32-year-old Waterloo man is charged with 12 criminal offences, including impaired operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, dangerous driving and possession of a prohibited weapon.

"Even though Project Safe Semester has come to a close, the Waterloo Regional Police Service will continue proactive enforcement in the university district along with school zones to ensure the safety of everyone," officials said in a release.