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Be prepared for Operation Corridor

Friday, June 13, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

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Dangerous truck drivers and unsafe trucks cost many lives every year, says OPP

ORILLIA - Last year (2013) the Ontario Provincial Police investigated more than 8,400 collisions that involved large commercial vehicles and sadly, 68 of those collisions resulted in someone dying.  

In the previous year (2012), the OPP investigated almost 13,500 commercial vehicle collisions and the number of fatal crashes in this category reached a five-year high at 99.          

On June 17, 2014 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is teaming up with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for Operation Corridor, an annual initiative that raises awareness among commercial vehicle drivers about safe operation and maintenance of transport trucks and other large commercial vehicles.   

“Large trucks do far more damage in collisions by virtue of their size and there is also a long list of things that can go wrong if a commercial vehicle’s equipment is not in good condition and properly secured. There is no room for error and we expect all truck drivers to keep a perfect scorecard when it comes to how they operate their rig and inspect and maintain their equipment,” says Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

According to Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division, every year people are killed or injured because of tires or other equipment coming off transport trucks and colliding with vehicles in their path.       

“Throughout 2013, the OPP pulled over more than 22,000 commercial vehicles across the province. Our officers ended up removing nearly 2,000 trucks from the road for being unsafe to drive and laying over 1,700 defective equipment-related charges,” said Bell.

“Combine these offences with dangerous driving behaviours such as the more than 3,300 speeding charges we laid against commercial vehicle drivers last year and this has all the right ingredients for more tragedy on our roads,” Bell added.

Through Operation Corridor, the OPP and its valued road safety partners can heighten awareness among commercial vehicle drivers about the importance of making no mistakes when sharing the road with others. 

The initiative also allows officers to acknowledge the many drivers who do operate and maintain their commercial vehicles properly and contribute to safer roads for all.              

Operation Corridor is an annual 24-hour highway safety initiative that focuses on high police visibility, enforcement and safety education aimed at commercial truck drivers who travel on Ontario’s major highways.  

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Ms Alotta 6/14/2014 12:05:39 AM Report

Let's all try to avoid carnage, please?
so-kendra 6/14/2014 7:02:54 AM Report

I love the fact that they always blame the drivers!!!!!! of these commercial trucks!! oh trust me its not just the drivers fault of the commercial vehicles fault all the time. Its also those older ladies and gentlemen that cause a lot of incidents in city traffic and ppl committing suicide that jump in front of the vehicles the list can go on and on! Not only that its big companies like Yanke and a few other companies that hire all of these ppl that aren't from our country that are driving as a team like 3 to one truck, and only one of them having a AZ lic. And they piss and shit in a hole of the cab of the trucks. So get those idiots out of the trucks and put Canadian ppl in them that need the work..... and take the lic. from older ppl that r 80 yrs and older. That's my opinion. And yes there are ppl that just don't care. About the safety of others. Anyways cheers to all and remember drive safe. Remember a good defensive driver is a good offensive driver.
happy camper 6/14/2014 7:45:02 AM Report

Really There are more accidents caused by cars then the big trucks . If all drivers had to do the same things as the truck drivers had to with car inspections every day and follow the same rules as the truckers all the roads would be much safer
irishfey 6/14/2014 8:43:38 AM Report

This remimded me of years past when Truckers ( transports) were the Heros of the Hwy. They were always on the scene to help, with their 2-way radios ( forget what they were called )and it was pretty safe back then to get a ride from these fellas. Times have changed that's all and all in the name of greed. These guys are always in a hurry to meet their delivery time and that's why some fall asleep at the wheel etc... You can"t lump all truckers in the same catagory.. some good , some bad.. same as drivers of cars. One thing i have seen too often is idiots pulling out in front of these guys... you have to remember that they can't break as fast as the cars can.... I do agree with one of the posts on here about certain drivers that use the Hwy. as a toliet.. you can buy items for toliet issues but some are just pigs and don't care.... Just like other things,, some make it look bad for all. .... One thing i would like for the Police to do is some spotchecks on some transports... Drugs are getting into the City and what better way to do it is to have a friend that is a trucker.... Times have changed and the truckers are just some of the examples.. not al but some.....
sportsman 6/14/2014 9:05:12 AM Report

These large trucks are going too fast for the conditions of northern Ontario.They follow too close for comfort.
aeronca 6/14/2014 9:40:26 AM Report

Its about time! Almost never do I see any transports being checked at the MTO inspection stations. They are closed most of the time.
A large portion of the goods travelling by transport on our hiways should be on a train. It makes no sense to me to see hundreds of transports hauling garbage to Michigan from toronto area on hwy 402.This should be on a train not our hiways and bridges which are already full. Just saying!
badatt57 6/14/2014 9:45:43 AM Report

So this week is Operation Corridor, two weeks ago it was the 72 hour safety blitz in which I past with flying colours Thank you very much. I took the time and money to buy and install a dash cam in my truck, it has a 32gig of memory {which I have 2 memory cards} so it will record over 8 hours of time laps. May I remind the motoring public that at any given time be very aware that your stupidity will be recorded and sent to the appropriate police department. The driving habits that I have witnessed in the past 30 years not only scare me but those drivers look to us, the truck driver, like we are to watch out for them. So I figured the only way to protect my self and the company was to install the Dash cam. In short the first time that I'm pulled over during operation corridor may the OPP and MTO be very ready to watch 8 hours of video of what I witness every day, bring your ticket book your going to have a very busy day. My driving record stats are 2.95 Million Miles commercially, 1 speeding ticket and no at fault accidents. I dare even a OPP or MTO officer to match that record! Thank you for a place to vent.
Oreo cookie 6/14/2014 9:59:32 AM Report

Why not just ban all tractor trailers from the highway? These vehicles are nothing more than a means of distribution of goods and services that benefit only "CORPORATE SOCIETY" thus padding the bank accounts of evil business. We don't need the thousands of jobs related to this industry either, and  the drivers wouldn't have to worry about being harassed by some punk with a uniform whose never held a Class AZ licence. Also, given the fact that this country is in economic decline we don't need trains either. That should really make things safe for the public...and then we won't need all of these overzealous regulatory officials on the public payroll hence a large savings in money.
To all of you young aspiring truckers, there's far too much regulation in the business so stay out of it. Look for a career at a Mike's Mart or Tim Horton's.
Frio 6/14/2014 12:47:15 PM Report

Oreo Cookie, Was it the full moon last night or your belief that you can't get a job because of climate change that affects you the most?
Oreo cookie 6/15/2014 12:12:16 AM Report

Very interesting frio, how critically astute, by the way did you know that the term "frito" in Spanish means "fried"? your 1letter short. Regulation is killing all business but I wouldn't expect the average plebe to understand the subtleties of business.
Jimssm 6/15/2014 7:54:40 AM Report

Cookie...

'Regulation' is needed. Trucking companies have demonstrated that over and over again. Don't you remember when they relaxed the inspections and wheels started falling off trucks ?

.... and most truck drivers are making Tim Hortons wages anyways.

Frio 6/15/2014 9:20:26 AM Report

Oreo Cookie, Did you know in the mid-1990s, health concerns prompted Nabisco to replace the lard in your filling with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil? In January 2006, Oreo cookies replaced the trans fat in the cookie with non-hydrogenated vegetable oil. Advances in knowledge and regulations can even attempt to make a safer cookie for all those affected.
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