Everyone has a right to feel safe on our roads, including drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, seniors, kids, and emergency road workers.
But right now, our streets aren't safe. Each day, an average of seven people are taken to the emergency room because they were hit by a car on Ontario’s roads. It's past time for change.
On November 24, 2021, MPP Bhutila Karpoche's co-sponsored bill, Protecting Vulnerable Roads Users Act, passed second reading. Because of the June 2, 2022 election, the bill will need to be retabled.
If passed, the bill would bring in additional penalties for drivers that break the road rules and cause the death or serious injury of a vulnerable road user. These penalties include community service, license suspension until the driver completes a driver re-education course, and a requirement that the driver attend court for sentencing to hear victim impact statements.
Today, most drivers that injure or kill a vulnerable road user walk away with a slap on the wrist and maybe a fine, and they rarely have to go to court and face the family they harmed.
Add your name below to support the bill and help keep up the pressure on the Ford government to take action.