The Ontario government plans to appeal a court ruling made in Napanee deeming a section of its street racing laws unconstitutional.
A spokesman for Attorney General Chris Bentley says the province doesn’t believe the law goes against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that it is important for public safety. Spokesman Brendan Crawley also notes the rules are still in effect and police can still lay charges.
Napanee judge Geoff Griffen overturned the stunt driving conviction of a woman charged for driving 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit. Griffen said the law was unconstitutional because it included possible jail time but didn’t allow the speeder to defend against it. The province brought in stiffer fines and automatic suspensions of driver’s licenses in 2007.