April 12, 2007
For Immediate Release

Klees Welcomes Government Bill
to Curb Street Racing

(Queen's Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees welcomed the McGuinty government's announcement today that it would be introducing legislation to get tough on street racing.

Klees has been calling for legislation to empower frontline police officers to issue on the spot license suspensions and vehicle impoundment ever since constituents Rob and Lisa Manchester were killed as the result of a street racing incident in May of 2006.


"I welcome this announcement. The only regret is that it has taken the government so long to get around to taking action on this," said Klees, who attended the announcement at the Safety Village in Whitchurch-Stouffville. The announcement was made by Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister of Transportation, Donna Cansfield. Also in attendance were Chief Armand LaBarge and members of the York Region Police Services.

In making the announcement, Premier McGuinty acknowledged the efforts by Klees on the street racing issue and his influence in shaping the government's legislation.

"I want to thank Frank, and I want to acknowledge the leadership role he has assumed. He has taken a keen and active interest in this, he has put forward some very positive proposals," said Premier McGuinty. “I want you to know, Frank, that you have had an influence for good on the policy that we are announcing today, and I thank you for that."

Klees pointed out that the Liberal government has failed to include an important prohibition against nitrous oxide connections in vehicles driven on public streets or highways and intends to propose an amendment to the bill prior to final passage.


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Frank Klees, MPP


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