OPP to launch safe trucking campaign as provincial death toll rises

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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reporting that there have been 4,816 Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) collisions on the province’s roads and highways so far this year.

Forty six of the collisions resulted in fatalities, with two separate incidents collectively taking the lives of five people.

By this time last year (mid-August, 2018), the OPP say they had responded to 4,666 CMV collisions, 39 of which were fatal.

Provincial police will launch Operation Safe Trucking this Sunday.

During Operation Safe Trucking (August 18-24), the OPP say they will conduct both visible and “covert” enforcement, ensuring CMV drivers are compliant with all laws associated with driving, inspections, hours of service compliance and records, and cargo securement.

OPP say data analytics also reveal that 3,857 of the total number of CMV incidents this year were multi-vehicle collisions, in contrast to 959 incidents that involved a single vehicle.

CMV-related crashes account for 11 per cent of the 42,200 collisions on OPP-patrolled roads so far this year and have been linked to 30 per cent of the fatal crashes.

The OPP cautions that the data should not be interpreted as commercial drivers being at-fault in each of the collisions, and that the responsibility also falls on drivers of other vehicles involved in the incidents.

“Improper lane changes, following too closely and driving too fast for the conditions remain leading factors in Commercial Motor Vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.

“If every commercial driver and motorist makes a commitment to be an exemplary driver who shares the road safely at all times, there is no question that we would see a dramatic decrease in these types of collisions,” said OPP Chief Superintendent Alison Jevons, acting provincial commander for traffic safety and operational support.

“Everyone has a role to play to keep our roads and highways safe,” added Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

“While commercial drivers must comply with traffic laws, drive at a safe speed and distance, they also have the added responsibility of complying with all inspection requirements, adhering to recording their hours of service and making sure loads are secure.

“By following these guidelines and safety precautions, operators help play an important role in reducing the collisions on our roadways and limiting distractions to keep our roads safe.”

Operation Safe Trucking is the latest initiative to support the OPP’s CMV Collision Reduction Strategy, with the aim of saving lives on Ontario highways and roads.