Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is gearing up for its Operation Safe Trucking Campaign which runs from August 18 to August 24, 2019.
The OPP is reporting 4,816 Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) collisions so far this year.
Forty six (46) of the collisions resulted in fatalities, with two separate incidents collectively taking the lives of five people. By this time last year, the OPP had responded to 4,666 CMV collisions, 39 of which were fatal.
“The OPP will remain diligent in their efforts to make safety a priority on Ontario’s roads” – Acting Staff Sergeant Manuela Byrnes.
OPP 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 were involved a single vehicle.
CMV-related crashes account for 11 percent of the 42,200 collisions on OPP patrolled roads so far this year and have been linked to 30 percent 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.