OPP kicks off Operation Corridor enforcement blitz

by Truck News

ORILLIA, Ont. – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be targeting commercial vehicles June 15-16 as part of the annual Operation Corridor enforcement campaign.

The OPP notes one in five fatal road crashes on OPP-patrolled roads involves a large commercial vehicle.

The OPP says recent data shows that over the past three years, a significant number of collisions were caused by transport trucks in poor operating condition. This includes six fatal crashes involving defective transport trucks, and 37 that involved injuries.

Damaged axles, blown tires and detached wheels, faulty brakes, defective hitches, and insecure loads are a few things police have noticed in truck-related crashes.

“A lot can go wrong when large commercial transport trucks are not driven safely or have unsecure loads and defective equipment,” said Chuck Cox, divisional commander, highway safety division with the OPP. “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.”

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  • So 20% of fatal crashes involve heavy trucks. That means 80% don’t. They don’t mention how much of that 20% had any fault by the commercial vehicle, but let’s go after them anyways.
    Little wonder why guys are leaving the industry and newbies aren’t coming in.

  • As an afterthought, I looked up the MTO report from 2014, the easiest to find. Of 517 road fatalitles, 109 were in accidents involving trucks. 36 fatalities were a result of improper driving by the truck driver, or a whopping 6.9%. Go get em OPP, don’t worry about the 93.1%

  • Operation Corridor only needs to be enforced in Mississauga on Dixie Rd, between Eglinton and Steeles. They will see the state of unmaintained trucks in the busiest stretch of road,for trucks in the GTA. This is a true fact.