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Press Releases 2006

November 21, 2006

                For Immediate Release

Klees: Street Racing Round Table a

Positive Step

 

(Queen's Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees participated in a round table discussion today on the issue of Street Racing, referring to the meeting as "a positive step by the government ".

Klees, a former transportation minister, also took the opportunity to call on the government to do more than just talk about the issue, and to immediately implement Bill 122, "An Act to Enhance Safety on Ontario 's Roads and to Empower Police Officers to Shut Down Street Racing," introduced by Klees on June 7, 2006.

"While I welcome this discussion, and agree that there is no quick solution to this growing problem, there is no good reason why the government did not pass the Street Racing Bill months ago," said Klees. "We have to send a clear message that deadly street racing will not be tolerated in this province".

Klees took up the street racing issue following the tragic death of his constituents Rob and Lisa Manchester who were the innocent victims of a street race in York Region.

Although he called on the government to implement the legislation before its summer recess, the government refused to grant the unanimous consent required to put the Bill into law.

Klees' Bill would empower front line police officers to issue on the spot licence suspensions and vehicle impoundments in cases where street racing is suspected. The bill also bans driving with a connected nitrous oxide fuel system on all streets and highways, and increases fines and imposes licence suspensions and jail terms for anyone convicted of street racing.

Klees was instrumental in having John Hickey participate in the round table discussion. Hickey's daughter Allison was severely injured as the result of a street racing incident earlier this year.

Participants included representatives from the RCMP, the OPP, and York Region and Toronto police services.

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For further information:

Frank Klees, MPP

416-325-7316