The Wynne government is introducing new legislation to improve road safety ahead of cannabis legalization.
MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga and PC Transportation Critic, Michael Harris, says he feels the Liberals are rushing this legislation. “In order to properly crack down on drug impaired driving, the Liberals need to provide police with the needed resources to keep our streets safe.”
Harris says today’s announcement does nothing to combat drug impaired driving.
He says, “Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Police Commissioner Rick Barnum has estimated that police will need six to eight months from the time the provincial legislation is in place before police will be ready to enforce the new laws.”
He adds the OPP only has 83 officers who are trained to recognize drug-impaired driving, and estimates that they will need up to 500 in order to properly enforce the law.