Commercial vehicles and their drivers will be under close scrutiny Thursday, as the OPP and MTO work together in efforts to make our highways safer.
They have launched Operation Corridor, a 24-hour campaign and education initiative.
Inspectors will have a look at the trucks, to ensure there are no safety risks and maintenance is up to date, and that the drivers themselves are obeying the rules of the road.
Over the last five years, the OPP say officers have responded to over 27,000 collisions involving large transport trucks; 321 people lost their lives.
And of those fatalities, 40 were truck drivers.
It’s not just collisions that have resulted in serious injury or death. OPP say they also investigate when equipment, tires or any other loose parts fly off the truck and hit other vehicles.
“Every life we lose on our roads is tragic and, sadly, the highest price we pay for crashes on OPP-patrolled roads is in the loss of human life. As our latest data tells us, crashes involving commercial motor vehicles usually result in a higher number of multiple fatalities when compared to collisions involving regular-sized vehicles. Although our officers see many safe drivers on our roads every day, those who are not need to know just how devastating and costly it can be when they fail to make safe driving decisions or do not undertake proper maintenance and truck inspections.” – OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.