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Almost 2,000 truckers charged in OPP crackdown

TORONTO, Ont. -- The Ontario Provincial Police have laid almost 2,000 charges for speeding, equipment violations, a...


TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Provincial Police have laid almost 2,000 charges for speeding, equipment violations, and criminal offences, after a month-long crackdown on truck safety, the Toronto Star reports.

More than 8,000 trucks were pulled over across the province during February. Almost 1,000 truckers of those were charged for speeding and hundreds more were charged for driving while fatigued. About 700 trucks were taken out of service for safety violations, the Star said.

Thirty-four people are facing criminal charges, including suspects arrested for impaired driving and theft.

Const. Cam Wooley said the numbers were quite high considering the amount of stormy weather much of southern Ontario experienced last month.

–with files from thestar.com


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