Province Not Increasing Speed Limits
The province says increasing the speed limit is a no-go.
This comes after an Oshawa man is proposing to up the maximum you can drive on most highways in the province to 120 km/hr. Some, like the 401 express lanes and the 407, to 130 km/r.
The Transportation Minister says people push the 100 km/hr highway speed limit as it is, noting if it goes higher many motorists will only go faster still.
Bob Chiarelli underlines it's a question of safety, with hopes of bringing down speed-related deaths.
He notes speed is regularly enforced on Ontario highways and those who have a lead foot have the driving records to prove it.
PC MPP Frank Klees says when he was Transportation Minister the government looked at changing speed limits but nothing ever came of it. He says the key is to tighten the highway safety act.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath says this issue isn't a priority.
As for if those at Queen's Park put the pedal to the metal, Chiarrelli admits he gets the odd honk because he always drives at or below the limit. While he says he has received a couple speeding tickets, he maintains they were when he was younger. Klees reveals he always drives with the flow of traffic and hasn't received a speeding ticket since he was elected 16 years ago. Horwath notes someone else is usually driving. She also says she hasn't received a speeding ticket since she was younger.