(ORILLIA, ON) – As 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 percentage 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%
“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.” stated Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES, Ontario Provincial Police
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.
OPP-patrolled roads in 2018:
The OPP has investigated more than 3,600 transport truck-related collisions, which represent 11 per cent of the total number of collisions (34,461).
The OPP has dedicated close to 4,300 hours to transport truck inspections and taken 658 vehicles out of service.
The OPP has laid more than 1,615 speeding charges, 354 distracted driving charges and 963 defective equipment-related charges against transport truck drivers.