Speeding Drivers Face Tough Penalties

    Drive Safe This Holiday Weekend And Always

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ -


    Ontario's roads will be extra busy this Easter weekend with visits to
family and friends. Drivers are reminded that Ontario has some of the toughest
penalties in Canada to combat excessive speeding.
    Driving at unsafe speeds increases the force of impact in a crash. The
risk of serious injury or death is almost three times greater for vehicles
crashing at 50 kilometres per hour or more above the posted speed limit of
100 kilometres per hour.

    Drivers caught speeding now face:

    -   Increased fines for convicted street racers - up to $10,000, the
        highest traffic fine in Canada
    -   Immediate roadside suspension of drivers' licences for seven days
        when street racing, driving contests or stunt driving is suspected
    -   Vehicle impoundment at the roadside for seven days when street
        racing, driving contests or stunt driving is suspected.


    "Ontario will not tolerate excessive speeders or aggressive driver
behaviour. Our message to these drivers is simple - you will be caught and you
will pay the consequences," said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley.
    "Driving safe and sober is not just the law, it avoids tragedy and saves
lives. Police across Ontario will be enforcing the law to ensure the safety
for all users of the road. This weekend, and always, I urge all Ontarians to
drive responsibly and help keep Ontario's roads among the safest in North
America," said Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick
Bartolucci. (http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about_min/bio.html)
    "Crashes are often caused by motorists who drive aggressively, speed, or
make unsafe lane changes. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be out in
full force all weekend, cracking down on aggressive drivers, those who drive
while impaired by drugs or alcohol and those who aren't buckled up. Our goal
is to keep our communities and our families safe," said OPP Commissioner
Julian Fantino. (http://www.opp.ca/Organization/Commissioner/index.htm)


    -   About 90 per cent of roadside suspensions and vehicle impoundments
        are for speeding at 50 kilometres per hour or more above the posted
        limit (source: Ministry of Transportation).

    -   About 30 per cent of fatal crashes involve aggressive driving,
        driving too fast for road and weather conditions, running red lights,
        weaving in and out of traffic or failing to yield the right of way
        (source: Ministry of Transportation).

    -   Since 1999, police and media reports indicate street racing has been
        a contributing factor in an estimated 41 deaths in Ontario.


    Get up-to-date road conditions
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/compass/) on major highways. You
can also call the ministry's road information line at 416-235-4686, or
toll-free at 1-800-268-4686.

    Download The Official Road Map of Ontario.

    Learn about weekend getaways
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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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