NEWS 02:00 PM BY JOANNA LAVOIE EAST YORK MIRROR
More must be done to put an end to stunt driving and speeding on the Don Valley Parkway, say two east-end politicians.
Ward 14 Coun. Paul Fletcher and Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns are demanding Toronto police immediately “take action against the stunt drivers, identify and charge them, and end this dangerous practice.”
This call comes after a serious collision claimed the life of a 39-year-old woman and sent two men, aged 35 and 40, to hospital with critical injuries late Monday, May 31 on the DVP, near Don Mills Road. Police said the crash involved several motorcycles travelling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of lanes of traffic.
In a June 3 news release, Fletcher and Tabuns said for the past few years residents living along the DVP have been reporting stunt driving and racing on the busy highway. The number of complaints has increased since the summer of 2020, they said, noting people in the area are “not only concerned about possible injuries and fatalities, but they are also concerned about the noise and vibrations late at night.”
"Residents have been contacting our offices, expressing concern that someone would be badly hurt and they were right. Now is the time to stop this," Tabuns said.
Added Fletcher, "The death and injuries on the DVP on Monday night show that the stunt driving on the DVP has become more than just a noise problem, but is threatening the lives of motorists on one of the busiest arteries in the city."
“As tragic as the death and injuries were, many more could have been pulled into a multi-vehicle collision," she noted.
On May 31, Bill 282, the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021, passed a third reading in the legislature. This legislation, which will soon be passed into law, introduces new measures to combat high-risk driving and improve road safety. They include longer driver's licence suspensions and vehicle impoundment periods for drivers who engage in aggressive driving, stunt driving and street racing.