For Immediate Release
March 14, 2007

KLEES: Street Racing Walkers Call on
McGuinty Liberals to Act Now !

(Queen’s Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees today welcomed Adrienne Seggie to Queen’s Park at a media conference on street racing. Adrienne’s son, Matthew, was killed in Hamilton in November, 2006, by a street racer. Adrienne and her family are now on a protest walk from Hamilton to Ottawa to push for tougher penalties for street racers.

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 his private member’s 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.

"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.

Joining Adrienne Seggie at the Queen’s Park media conference was John Hickey, whose daughter Allison and her fiancé Mark Radman were badly injured in a street racing incident. Lawyers Darcy Merkur and Michael Bennett of the Toronto law firm Thomson, Rogers, who represented victims of street racing, also appeared at the conference to support the walkers and to join with Klees in calling on the McGuinty Liberals to implement Bill 122.

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For further information:
Frank Klees, MPP
416-325-7316

 

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