Anti-passing Bill hits road block

LONDON, Ont. — One day after a proposed Bill was announced that would restrict trucks to the right-hand lane of Ontario’s 400-series highways, supporters and detractors have spoken out.

The Police Association of Ontario (PAO) have thrown their support behind the Bill, proposed by London-Fanshawe MPP Frank Mazzilli.

“This is an important step towards improving safety on Ontario highways,” says PAO spokesman Bruce Miller.

But not everyone is excited about the new Bill. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) say the proposal could do more harm than good. CAA spokeswoman, Pauline Mitchell, is concerned that trucks could get backed up behind the slowest moving car, creating a wall of trucks that would make it difficult and dangerous for vehicles to get on or off the highway.

Mazzilli, however, is determined to go full-steam ahead with the proposed Bill, and is even considering having “No Trucks” painted on the left lanes.

“I am trying to do my part to ensure that Ontario’s busiest highways are safe places for motorists and their families,” says the former police officer, noting that a string of fatal crashes on Hwy. 401 west of London have dubbed that stretch of highway “carnage alley.”

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