Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

Pass the Vulnerable Road Users Law!

Published on January 18, 2022

Everyone has a right to feel safe on our roads, including drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, seniors, kids, and emergency road workers.

But right now, our streets aren't safe. Each day, an average of seven people are taken to the emergency room because they were hit by a car on Ontario’s roads. It's past time for change.

Recently, my Protecting Vulnerable Roads Users Act passed to second reading, making it one step closer to law in Ontario. Now is the time to advocate for safe streets.

If passed, the bill would bring in additional penalties for drivers that break the road rules and cause the death or serious injury of a vulnerable road user. These penalties include community service, license suspension until the driver completes a driver re-education course, and a requirement that the driver attends court for sentencing to hear victim impact statements. 

Today, most drivers that injure or kill a vulnerable road user walk away with a slap on the wrist and maybe a fine, and they rarely have to go to court and face the family they harmed. 

Add your name below to demand better protection for vulnerable road users now. 

You can also download our petition in print here.