An organization has been set up to lobby government to crack down on reckless drivers and street racers (and I use the term ‘racers’ loosely).
Truck driver Michael MacDonald is an active member of the organization, The Heart Group (Help Eliminate All Road Tragedies), and he brought the group to my attention in a recent e-mail. The group points out that of 5,139 reckless driving charges in Ontario, only 33% actually resulted in convictions. The sentences were often light, usually involving house arrest – if any time at all – even when an innocent person was killed as a result of their actions.
The Web site, at www.heartgroup.ca is well-designed and quite informative. It includes information on individual cases (including the one that took the life of trucker David Virgoe) and includes a petition calling for harsher sentences of those convicted of reckless driving or street racing.
The organization is still in its infancy, and the petition only has 43 names to date. However, the group plans to spread the word about the Web site and collect as much support as possible. Hopefully, law-makers in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada will appreciate the pain these people (many of them have personally lost loved ones to reckless drivers) are suffering.
I think it’s a noble and worthwhile endeavor, even though I question the effectiveness of online petitions in general. Still, hopefully the group will increase awareness about what is a growing problem on our highways and urge our politicians to get serious about punishing drivers who endanger those of us who use our public roads responsibly.
For more information, visit www.heartgroup.ca .
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies