Ontario Minister of Transport is threatening to give the OPP the power to crush all modified cars 'suspected' of street racing.
Like the radar detector seizure law, such a move would be draconian and unfair to the vast numbers out there with modified cars who hobby race legally. Please let your opinions be know to the Minister at this link:
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Jun 20, 2007 11:17 AM
Queen's Park Bureau Chief
Likening speed shops that make street racers to illegal drug labs and bomb factories, Attorney General Michael Bryant is warning the cars could be seized before they even hit the roads.
Bryant threw down the gauntlet at street racers today in the wake of Monday’s Highway 400 accident, allegedly caused by racing, in which truck driver David Virgoe was killed.
“Somebody who’s putting together a … car for street racing might as well be putting together an illegal narcotic or putting together an explosive,” the attorney general told reporters.
“What I would say to anybody who is engaging in the illegal act of street racing is, we don’t need to wait until that car hits the road fully loaded,” said Bryant.
The attorney general pointed out that Ottawa and Queen’s Park have worked together to tighten up laws designed to curb street racing.
“We can seize that car if we have information from police and, just on the balance of probabilities, if we can establish that that car is being used for the unlawful purpose of street racing, we will seize it and you will never see it again,” he said.
“We will crush your car. We will crush the parts. You will never see it again.”
While Bryant declined to discuss details of Virgoe’s death or the case of three men charged in connection with it, he noted that Ontario prosecutors are making use of new provisions in the Criminal Code for street-racing offences.