By: Luke Jones, Published on June 20, 2017 10:19 AM, Last Update on June 24, 2017 07:21 AM
There is evidence to suggest truck drivers pose a significant threat on Ontario roads. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently published data the shows around one in five collisions in the province involve large commercial vehicles.
OPP has launched Operation Corridor, an annual 24hr event in which authorities focus on enforcement and education to encourage commercial drivers in Ontario to maintain road safety standards.
“A lot can go wrong when large commercial transport trucks are not driven safely or have unsecure loads and defective equipment,” said OPP Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox, Highway Safety Division commander.
“Our data shows that the outcome for other vehicle occupants involved in transport truck-related collisions is often fatal and catastrophic. For this reason, Operation Corridor is an important campaign to ensure transport truck drivers are safely operating and diligently maintaining their rigs at all times.”
Data gathered by Ontario police shows 1,342 fatal collisions occurred on OPP-patrolled roads from 2012 through 2016, with 266 of these incidents involving transport trucks. 330 died, with the majority of victims coming from occupants of other vehicles.
Police add that a sizeable number of these crashes were caused by commercial vehicles that were maintained poorly and not in good operating condition. 344 collisions between 2014 and 2017 involved transport trucks that were defective, six of these incidents cost lives.
“Damaged axles, blown tires or detached wheels, faulty brakes, defective hitches and unsecured loads are just some of the many factors in truck-related crashes. At times, unsecured loads or truck equipment flying into the path of other vehicles produced tragic consequences,” the police release noted.