Does OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino ever think before he opens up his big mouth? He had political staff in Queens Park running around in circles after suggesting the Ontario government enact legislation that would make drivers pay for accidents caused by negligence.
Fantino's proposed law would let insurance companies off the hook and make motorists pay for accidents in which they were driving aggressively in poor weather. So now he wants to rewrite Ontario insurance law because we had a weekend of bad weather and his officers got cranky responding to accidents.
It's totally inappropriate for a senior police official to be proposing new laws. We elect MPPs to debate and consider legislation, usually after public consultation. But Commissioner Fantino doesn't feel that our democratic processes apply to him.
Auto insurance has been mandatory in Ontario since the 1970s. The reason it was made compulsory was to protect people from large losses. Who in their right mind would drive in bad weather if there was a risk you might slide into someone and not be able to claim on your insurance policy? What would that do to the economy of the province if people refused to drive in bad weather? And who would decide if someone was driving to fast for the weather conditions?
Fantino claims that almost every U.S. state has this exclusion. Some how I doubt it. Start excluding accidents in bad weather and you pretty much let insurance companies off the hook for most accidents. I tried to find a state with this type of exclusion and couldn't locate even one.
The police have enough tools to use against bad drivers. Why don't they use them. Leave policy making to the elected representatives.