Doly Begum MPP, Scarborough Southwest

Government of Ontario

MPP Begum Holds A Press Conference For Safer Streets

Published on November 20, 2021

More than half of all fatal accidents over the past year have been in Scarborough. Our community has many intersections that are known for collisions and causing devastating injuries for community members. Upon recent tragedies in Scarborough and beyond, our Bill titled “Protecting Vulnerable Road Users” could not be more crucial. The friends and families of victims of reckless driving must see meaningful consequences to hold negligent drivers accountable. 

Yesterday morning, MPP Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale), MPP Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale-Highpark) and I announced our Bill to ensure community safety. We stood with members of Friends and Families for Safe Streets, Bike Law, the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, Avenue Road Safety Coalition, and ARC to call on the government for tougher enforcement to make streets our safer. 

If passed, the Protecting Vulnerable Road Users Act would bring in tougher penalties for negligent drivers who injure or kill a pedestrian, cyclist, or road worker while breaking the rules of the road. These tougher penalties include being charged guilty for an offence, being required to listen to victim impact statements, license suspension, taking a driver re-education course, and community service in road safety. 

The Protecting Vulnerable Road Users Act goes to a vote on Wednesday, November 24. Take action now and demand the government do better and pass our Bill, please click here to sign our petition.

To read the full statement please click here.