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Wilson Gets Results on Wrong-Way Sign Legislation

2007-03-27 -- Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson has successfully pushed the McGuinty Government to act on his plan to have larger wrong-way signs placed on Ontario’s 400 series highways. 

“Following my meeting with the Minister of Transportation in January, I’m delighted to see larger wrong-way signs already being been put up on the 400,” said Wilson.  “This shows that Private Member’s Bills help get results.”

In November 2006, Wilson introduced the Owen Eisses Act in honour of April Sobisch and her young son Owen Eisses.   While driving along Highway 400 on a sunny Tuesday morning, April’s vehicle was struck head-on by a driver who was travelling in the wrong direction.  Fortunately, she survived the horrendous automobile accident that she and Owen were victims of in August 2005.  From June 1st to November 20th of 2006, 72 wrong-way driving accidents occurred in the Central Region of the province alone, while 187 accidents occurred in the Greater Toronto Area. 

“I really appreciate everything Jim has done for me,” said Sobisch.  “He has taken me under his wing and proven to me what politics are all about.  He’s just a down-to-earth guy who made my issue very personal to himself; I just appreciate everything he has done for Owen and me.”

While larger signs have already been put up on some exit ramps in Ontario, it is expected that the province will introduce legislation in the next couple of weeks that will reflect the intent of Wilson’s legislation.

“This is good news for drivers,” said Wilson.  “I’m happy that the government is taking our idea and putting it into action.”

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