ORILLIA, Ont. — The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) revealed today that it is teaming up with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for Operation Corridor on June 16.
Operation Corridor is a 24-hour enforcement and education initiative aimed at encouraging all commercial vehicle drivers to help keep Ontario roads safe.
Among the truck-related collisions on OPP-patrolled roads between 2011 and 2015, 260 of them resulted in at least one fatality, the OPP said. Many of the crashes involved multiple fatalities with a total of 321 people having lost their lives.
Of the victims, 281 of them were drivers and passengers in other vehicles involved in the crashes. The other 40 victims were drivers of the transport trucks. This mean, on average over the five-year period, for every transport truck driver that died in these collisions, there were seven other lives lost, the OPP said, adding commercial truck drivers to make road safety their number one priority.
“Every life we lose on our roads is tragic and, sadly, the highest price we pay for crashes on OPP-patrolled roads is in the loss of human life,” saidsaid OPP deputy commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support. “As our latest data tells us, crashes involving commercial motor vehicles usually result in a higher number of multiple fatalities when compared to collisions involving regular-sized vehicles. Although our officers see many safe drivers on our roads every day, those who are not need to know just how devastating and costly it can be when they fail to make safe driving decisions or do not undertake proper maintenance and truck inspections.”
During Operation Corridor, officers and their MTO officer will be ensuring that commercial truck drivers are driving safely and that their trucks are being properly inspected and maintained.