OPP Conduct Operation Safe Trucking

July 13, 2018 by

News From OPPAs the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) gears up for its Operation Safe Trucking campaign, it is dismayed at fatal transport truck collisions being up in all but two of the OPP's six regions, with its North East Region marking the highest increase this year at 800 per cent.

The OPP has responded to 33 transport truck-related collisions so far this year, marking a 38 per cent increase when compared to this time last year. Forty one (41) people have died in the crashes.

Year-to-date (Jan 1 – July 9, 2018) fatal transport truck crashes in the OPP's six regions with 2017 comparisons:

Fatal Transport Truck Collisions
2018 2017 %
change
CENTRAL REGION 2 2 0.0%
NORTH WEST REGION 2 5 -60.0%
EAST REGION 8 6 33.3%
NORTH EAST REGION 9 1 800.0%
HIGHWAY SAFETY DIVISION 3 2 50.0%
WEST REGION 9 8 12.5%
TOTAL 33 24 37.5%

Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES stated in a release, "The OPP has never been more committed to its Commercial Motor Vehicle Collision Mitigation Strategy. We continue to work diligently with our road safety and trucking industry partners toward our goal of reducing the number of transport truck collisions on our roads. Despite our efforts, it takes a firm commitment to safe driving on the part of all transport truck drivers and other motorists in order to see a significant reduction in these types of collisions."

During Operation Safe Trucking, the OPP will be well-resourced to address speeding and other forms of aggressive driving, distracted/inattentive driving, driver impairment, hours of service and equipment violations, and lack of occupant restraint.

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