Fantino targets drivers who speed in bad weather
Ontario's top cop is targeting drivers who don't heed bad weather.
Julian Fantino, the commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, said too many drivers don't adjust their driving for the road conditions, causing hundreds of accidents.
In a news release, Fantino said he would be proposing changes to the Highway Traffic Act that would allow officers to charge drivers who don't exercise proper caution on the road.
"I will be pursuing the inclusion into the Highway Traffic Act, of a distinct violation to address the increase in preventable single vehicle collisions caused by drivers who don't take into account weather and road conditions," he said.
"Too many drivers still don't adjust their driving habits for the wide range of weather conditions that we experience in Ontario."
Last year alone, there were 27,000 people who lost control of their car in bad weather.
OPP Sgt. Cam Woolley told the Toronto Star the majority of spin-outs and accidents in those cases could have been prevented if the car was operating at a lower speed.
"I think we have to be more accountable as drivers," Woolley told the Star. "There's no accountability now except their insurance rates. This change would have a positive effect."