Since his inauguration as mayor in 2010, we the citizens of Toronto have watched as Rob Ford has committed a range of indictable offences in full public view; everything from driving while talking on a cellphone on two different occasions, recklessly calling 911, driving past opening streetcar doors, threatening a reporter on public land, then confiscating his phone and blackberry. In many of these incidents Mr. Ford behaved in a hostile or aggressive manner - giving a mother the finger, escalating his conflict with the streetcar operator, and in the case of the reporter, charging forward with enough force that both parties agree the reporter feared for his physical safety. And now this: clear evidence that Mr. Ford was driving on the morning of Tuesday, August 14, 2012, on the Gardiner Expressway, traveling at approximately 70 kpm, while reading. Mr. Ford has made a public admission: "Yeah, probably. I'm a busy man." But he has made no apologies or shown any understanding that his driving habits are reckless, dangerous and in violation of traffic safety laws. We realize that the Toronto Police Services needs to "cooperate" with the Mayor and relies on the Mayor to maintain its budget. That said, enough is enough. Mr. Ford may be the mayor, but the privileges of his office cannot include immunity from the law. For the safety of the citizens of Toronto, for the integrity of the Toronto Police Services, we the undersigned demand that Mr. Ford be charged immediately under the Highway Traffic Act, section 130:
'Every person is guilty of the offence of driving carelessly who drives a vehicle or street car on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $400 and not more than $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both, and in addition his or her licence or permit may be suspended for a period of not more than two years'
"I'm a busy man," is no excuse to flout the law and endanger others. Mr. Ford is a menace on the road and he must be disciplined.
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