Local MPP supports harsher penalties for reckless driving

Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. (BlackburnNews.com stock photo)

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker is throwing his support behind a new bill aimed at doling our harsher penalties for reckless driving.

Detailed in a release from Walker, the new bill, titled the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, also known as the MOMS Act, will “introduce new measures to combat high-risk driving and improve road safety, including longer driver’s licence suspensions and longer vehicle impound periods for drivers who engage in stunt driving, street racing and aggressive driving.”

The bill was introduced by provincial Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney.

If the legislature passes the bill, it will also bring forth new measures to “protect vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and highway workers, improve truck safety and strengthen the province’s oversight of the towing sector by creating the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act.”

The Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act would require tow operators, tow truck drivers and vehicle storage operators to all be certified, which, according to the release, would “set new standards for customer protection and roadside behaviours, including penalties for non-compliance.”

“I’m very happy to see this legislation come forward. Unfortunately, locally we have experienced stunt driving on our highways. Hopefully, if this legislation passes, implementing more severe consequences for this behaviour will act as a deterrent,” says Walker. “I want to thank the members of the Bruce Peninsula Safe Communities organization and of course, our local OPP, MTO staff, and municipal Councils for all their hard work to bring attention to the serious stunt driving problem we have been seeing in our area.”

“Both as Minister of Transportation and a parent to driving-aged teens, I am extremely concerned by the rising numbers of young drivers in Ontario caught stunt driving, street racing and driving aggressively,” added Caroline Mulroney.