TORONTO — Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli says there’s no honkin’ way he drives over the speed limit.
New Democratic Leader Andrea Horwath enjoys life in the slow land.
Tory Frank Klees plays it safe - and drives the speed of traffic.
No matter what their driving habits, no one admitted to getting any recent speeding tickets.
Chiarelli said he sets his cruise control to 100 km/h on highways and 40 km/h on municipal roads - even if his tortoise speed makes drivers around him impatient.
“I must admit I get the odd honk,” Chiarelli told reporters Wednesday.
“I just wish they would put the window down and I would tell them I am the minister of transportation,” he said.
Chiarelli said he has no intention of raising speed limits on provincial highways as the Oshawa-based group Stop100.ca is calling for.
“There is not a groundswell in the public to increase speed limits on the roads,” he said.
“Ontario has the safest roads in North America and we want to keep it that way,” he said, adding he wouldn’t want teenagers to drive faster just because cars nowadays are safer.
Chiarelli, 70, said he’s had only a couple of tickets since he first got his licence when he was 16-years-old.
“I am a courteous driver.
“I occasionally have a tailgater and people passing me in a no passing zone and once in a while I give them a honk on my horn, but nothing beyond that,” he said.
A former mayor of Ottawa, Chiarelli said some of the hottest issues he’s had to deal with involve traffic speeding on local streets.
Horwath said she’s not doing much of her own driving these days. As leader of the party, someone else is usually behind the wheel when she goes to events.
“Generally speaking, I drive within the speed limit,” she said, although she admitted that, “maybe in my 20s” she may have been given a speeding ticket.
“I stay in the slow lane,” Horwath said.
Klees said the safest plan is to drive the speed of traffic.
“I drive with the traffic and quite frankly I think on the 400 series highways, if you’re not driving with the traffic, that actually is interpreted by the police officer as careless driving,” he told reporters.
He hasn’t had a speeding ticket since he was first elected 16 years ago.