McGuinty Government Puts Brakes On Dangerous Driving

    More OPP Officers, New Plane And Stiff Penalties For Extreme Speeders To
    Improve Road Safety

    MARKHAM, ON, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is taking another
step forward in its plan to make Ontario roads and highways safer by
toughening penalties for extreme speeders and investing in more OPP officers,
a new airplane and sophisticated surveillance equipment, announced Premier
Dalton McGuinty.
    "Working with police over the last four years, we've made real progress
when it comes to curbing dangerous driving," said Premier McGuinty. "Today,
we're moving forward, together. And we're being clear - if you're reckless on
our roads, if you choose to break the law, we consider you a threat to our
public safety and you're going to face stiff penalties."
    In June, the McGuinty government strengthened penalties for street racers
and drunk drivers with its Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act. This landmark
legislation increased fines for convicted street racers - up to $10,000, the
highest street racing fine in Canada.
    Today, the Premier announced the next step in the government's plan to
target dangerous driving with a new package of initiatives, including:

    -   Putting 55 more OPP officers on the roads to fight extreme speeding
    -   Funding a new OPP plane with high-tech surveillance equipment
    -   Treating drivers going 50 kilometres or more over the speed limit the
        same as street racers - including issuing an immediate seven-day
        driver's licence suspension at roadside.

    These initiatives build on the government's ongoing efforts to combat
extreme speeding and aggressive driving. Other measures include:

    -   Providing more resources to police to intercept aggressive drivers
    -   Putting 1,000 more police officers on the streets
    -   Proposing to regulate speed limiters on large commercial trucks.

    The Premier joined OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, Minister of Community
Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter, Transportation Minister Donna
Cansfield and OPP officers for today's announcement.
    "The addition of these new officers will help us make Ontario's highways
safer by enabling us to clear crash scenes more quickly while safeguarding
both officers and the public," said Fantino. "By adding aerial traffic support
we will be able to target aggressive drivers and street racers."
    "Ontarians have the right to travel safely on our roads and we're giving
the Ontario Provincial Police a whole new toolkit to crack down on those who
threaten public safety," Kwinter said. "Today marks the beginning of a
concerted new effort to take those who endanger innocent citizens off our
    "Excessive speeding on our roads will not be tolerated. Today's
announcement further demonstrates the McGuinty government's commitment to road
safety in Ontario," said Cansfield. "With these tougher measures, our
government continues to protect those who obey the law from those who choose
to break it."
    "This is another step forward in our plan to make Ontario's roads the
safest in North America," said Premier McGuinty. "We can do more to save lives
- and working together, we will."

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