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Local MPP and PC Transportation Critic not satisfied with Wynne's new road safety plan

A man lights a marijuana joint as he participates in the 4/20 protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, April 20, 2015. The federal government appears ready to take a hands-off approach as provinces begin rolling out how they plan to police the sale and use of marijuana once it becomes legal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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.