McGuinty Government Making Roads Safer For Ontario Families



    Proposed Legislation Toughens Penalties For Drunk Driving, Street Racing

    WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE, ON, April 12 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is
protecting Ontario families by introducing legislation that would get tough on
drunk drivers and street racers, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.
    "There can be no tolerance in Ontario for people who put other people's
lives at risk on our roads," said Premier McGuinty.  "We want to make it clear
- if you drink and drive or if you street race, you'll pay and the penalty
will be tough."

    The proposed legislation, to be introduced today, would make Ontario
roads safer for families by:

    
    -   Allowing the courts to take away vehicles from repeat drinking and
        driving offenders
    -   Establishing an early ignition interlock program for Criminal Code
        offenders
    -   Increasing roadside drivers licence suspensions for drunk drivers,
        and
    -   Taking drivers licences away from street racers and increasing fines.

    The legislation would also protect police in the line of duty by allowing
for a combination of red and blue lights on their vehicles, making them more
visible, especially at night.
    "We're keeping Ontario's roads safe by taking tough action to get drunk
drivers and street racers off our roads," said Minister of Transportation
Donna Cansfield.
    "This legislation provides our police officers with an important set of
tools to fight street crime and keep our communities and our families safe,"
said Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter.
    "In order to increase road safety, repeat drunk drivers would now face the
possibility of having a civil court order their cars forfeited forever," said
Attorney General Michael Bryant. "We will use every civil and criminal tool
available to us to keep Ontario's roads safe from drunk drivers."
    "I'm pleased to see the government is strengthening the laws and
increasing fines and suspensions for those convicted of driving offenses,"
said OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino.  "The OPP welcomes any government
initiative that will help us do our jobs better and protect the citizens of
Ontario. "
    Cracking down on drunk drivers and street racers is just one way the
McGuinty government is working on the side of families to make communities
safer.

    Other initiatives include:

    -   Putting 1,000 more police officers on the streets
    -   Providing $51 million to police and prosecutors so they can get
        criminals with guns off the streets, and
    -   Creating a $28.5-million Youth Opportunities Strategy to help young
        people succeed in life.

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