Press Releases 2006
For immediate release
June 1, 2006
Calls for Action on Street Racing
(Queen's Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees is calling on the provincial government to take immediate action to shut down deadly street races.
Klees raised the street racing issue in connection with the tragic death of Oak Ridges residents Rob and Lisa Manchester who were killed when their car was hit by a Honda Civic speeding in excess of 140 km/hr during a reported street race in Richmond Hill. Klees questioned why the McGuinty government has not followed through on legislation that was introduced by the previous government. Bill 20, introduced in May 2003 provided for specificmea sures to address the street racing issue.
The Bill empowers police officers to impound the vehicles and suspend the licences of drivers suspected of engaging in street races, it prohibits nitrous oxide fuel systems that are connected in any vehicle driven on a public road, and it provides for fines up to $1,000 and 6 month jail terms for convictions.
"There is no justification for the government's f a ilure to get this legislation passed. They had time to ban pit-bulls, junk food and smoking, but chose to ignore this issue," said Klees.
Although encouraged by the new Transportation Minister's assurance that she will review the legislation, Klees announced that he will be introducing a Private Members Bill this coming week to "keep the pressure on the government" to act.
"The tragedy that the Manchester family has endured just highlights the need for this legislation," said Klees. "I will be putting pressure on the government to revisit that legislation."
For more information please contact:
Frank Klees, MPP
Street Racing Private Member's Bill and
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