Operation Safe Trucking, a province-wide campaign focusing on enforcing rules of the road and moving violations for Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV). Operation Safe Trucking will involve an innovative approach to spotting truckers and others, who are distracted or exhibiting other dangerous driving behaviors.
The OPP investigates thousands of preventable Commercial vehicle collisions every year, making this a serious road safety issue. So far this year, the OPP has responded to more than 5,000 transport truck-related collisions. And 67 lives were lost in 56 of the collisions.
Recently a man suffered a fatal injury after a crash between a car and a truck on Highway 401. The accident occurred just hours before the launch of “Operation Safe Trucking.” The crash occurred around 5:20 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Martin Grove Rd., closing all lanes, said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.
This accident is a reminder to always stay alert while driving and never drive distracted.
“Every year, collisions that involve commercial motor vehicles are in the thousands and they result in significant loss of life,” said Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes of the OPP.
Of 6,200 collisions investigated, OPP data shows transport truck drivers are at fault 65% of the time. OPP officers will begin riding with drivers of some transport trucks of their own in order to better observe what is going on at the wheels of similar-sized vehicles.
They say these transport trucks will not be pulling anyone over, but will instead be radioing ahead to officers in cruisers to let them know if they’ve spotted a distracted driver or one following too closely.
Here are some violations that officers will be keeping an eye out for.
- Following too close
- Improper lane change
- Distracted driving
- Improper turns
- Failing to yield right of way
- Improper passing
- Disobeying traffic control
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