ORILLIA, Ont. — The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is alarmed about an increase in collisions involving commercial motor vehicles.
The police force said it has responded to more than 1,200 commercial motor vehicle collisions so far this winter. Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 17, it responded to 1,295 CMV-involved collisions, with 200 occurring between Dec. 9 and 19th.
“The OPP continues to see large trucks lose control and roll over when the drivers ignore posted ramp speed advisory signs and fail to slow down when travelling on highway on/off ramps,” the OPP said in a press release. “With months of winter driving remaining, this is a particularly important time for drivers of large commercial trucks to drive within the speed limit and to slow right down when weather and road conditions deteriorate.”
Chuck Cox, provincial commander, OPP Highway Safety Division, said “The OPP acknowledges that many commercial motor vehicle drivers take their driving responsibilities seriously. But it is imperative that every person who drives a large truck recognizes the increased risks and social costs. The risk of death and serious injuries is greater and the property damage and disruption to the movement of traffic are more extensive when these large load-bearing vehicles are involved in collisions.”
Already, nine of the CMV-involved crashes since Nov. 1 has resulted in a loss of life.
The OPP remind drivers to adjust their speed and slow right down when visibility and road conditions are poor. It also advises to activate your full set of headlights every day through the winter.
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