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On a more serious note, this edition also tackles two ongoing issues in the city and around. Reporter Angelo Elia explores the ongoing problem of street racing on our residential roads. Last year, a driver was clocked going 163 km/hr in a 60 km zone. Elia chats with a police officer who’s working to curb the problem and an admitted racer who says the problem isn’t that bad (“Street racing: the need for speed”). Sadly, this summer has seen an increase in tragic drowning deaths in and around the GTA. Find some tips to keep your family safe around water in “Dive into safety”. While October may seem awhile off, we all know time flies. So, stay tuned for our September issue: Eye on the Election. Vaughan voters will head to the polls — will you vote? — on Oct. 25 to elect their municipal representatives and our next edition will explore the issues that are top priority for voters and candidates. Keep an eye on www.Vaughan Today.ca for election news. Alexis Dobranowski Managing Editor
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So it would seem I was hungry when assigning feature articles for this edition of Vaughan Today. First off, we’ve got our cover story — reporter Lorianna De Giorgio had the pleasure of chatting with celebrity chef and hometown Vaughanian David Rocco. He talks food, family and his growing fame in “Life is sweet”. Kleinburg cafe Dolcini by Joseph attracted some attention when they set up televisions on their patio so passersby could enjoy a coffee, pastry and some World Cup action last month. Reporter Jessica Vitullo catches up with the cafe’s namesake owner and baker in “An authentic treat”. And if that’s not enough to make your tummy grumble, food reviewer Liz Campbell visited Grazie and shares a mouth-watering recount of her delectable meal in “It’s no secret”. For some summer entertainment ideas, check out “5 hot summer dates” — from outdoor music concerts to comedy to picnics in the park, our city has a lot to keep you and your date happy.
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News&Opinion ROAD RACETRACK: Vaughan has a long history of street racing. The once-farmland city saw race enthusiasts visit for on-street races. Now a busy urban centre, Vaughan struggles to shake its race-friendly reputation.
Street racing: the need for speed By Angelo Elia
hey tune their souped-up vehicles, modify their engines, and personalize their rides to satisfy their creativity. Eager to demonstrate their driving skills, they meet with their peers in parking lots or on industrial parkways. Engines rev. Minds are set on winning and gaining respect. Flashing lights appear and the ongoing struggle between police officers and street racers wages on. All of this on our roads. * * * “Take it to the track; the streets are not the place.” That’s the advice Constable Jim Slykhuis of Project ERASE (Eliminate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere) has for race enthusiasts. But one admitted racer in Vaughan has his own advice: “Don’t get caught.” Vaughan roads have long had a reputation for street racing: stories of high-speed chases and crowds watching races on the side of the highway stem from the city. The once-farmland area brought racers up from Toronto to take to the quieter streets. Just last year, York police pulled over and searched 3,000 tuned vehicles. In York Region, 249 motorists were charged with street racing — 60 drivers were charged in 60 km/hr zones, the highest clocking in at
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a speed of 163 km/hr. Fourteen people were charged in 100 km/hr zones, the highest flying at 200 km/hr. With Project ERASE, a joint initiative between several police forces, Slykhuis visits York Region high schools to handout brochures and DVDs. He tries to discourage street racing and promote safety among students. A major concern for Slykhuis and his colleagues happens before the cars even hit the streets: modifications made to cars to enhance their performance for racing. While Slykhuis says he enjoys checking out modified cars, he wants to make sure the vehicles are tuned properly. “My wife and children drive the roads and I want it to be safe,” he says. “You’re welcome to put money into your cars just make sure it goes by the law. “We go out and check cars to make sure they are mechanically fit and encourage you to take racing on the track opposed to the street,” he adds. “A lot of youth who modify their cars, they think they have more mechanical knowledge than they actually do and make their vehicles unsafe. They’ll increase the horsepower but not increase the brake power.” Modified vehicles must be regulated under the Highway Traffic Act, Slykhuis says. But Mike, an admitted racer who didn’t want
his name used, says police just target young drivers with tuned cars — even when they aren’t street racing. “If you drive a Honda or Acura or simply have a modified or loud car, you’re labelled a street racer in the mind of a cop,” said Mike, who recently owned a modified Honda Civic SiR. Police officers have targeted him numerous times, the street racer says. “Police always used to look at me the wrong way when I had my Civic. I once got pulled over for nothing at all, and the policeman actually labelled me a street racer because of the car I was driving.” Slykhuis says young adults do have the right to meet anywhere they want unless mall or store managers object to it. But police are on the lookout for street racers who meet before a race. “We’re targeting people who meet up in groups like that and go street race,” Slykhuis says.
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Mike says there are some positive points to racing: meeting new people, testing oneâ€™s driving skills, having fun, and getting an adrenaline rush. He says open, little-travelled roads in Vaughan make the area enticing for street racers. And, while he admits there are dangers, they donâ€™t phase him. â€œIâ€™ve personally never witnessed an accident at street races,â€? he says. Slykhuis says those with a need for speed should be on the track. â€œI have talked to professional drivers. They respect the rules of the road. They have a different mind state when they race on the track,â€? the officer says. â€œIf they choose to race, I suggest the track.â€? The police officer also recommends the BMW Group Canada Advanced Driver Training School in Toronto. He says BMW Driver Training teaches young drivers how to control vehicles at high speeds and how to avoid accidents. Another alternative to street racing is the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Continued page 7
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