TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has released the latest edition of the Ontario Road Safety Annual Report (ORSAR) today and it shows that trucks and truck drivers are the safest vehicles and drivers on the road.
The ORSAR, which contains the results for 2012, explains that large trucks and tractor-trailers represented a mere 4.5 % of the total number of vehicles involved in all collisions in Ontario. In addition, tractors and tractor-trailers represented only 2.4% of the total number of vehicles involved in all collisions in 2012.
According to the data there were 100 fatalities– which represents 17.6% of all fatalities – in collisions involving all types of large trucks in 2012, one fewer than the previous year. As well, concerning fatal collisions, the report found the driver of the large truck was driving properly 68% of the time versus 39% for the other driver in the same fatal collisions.
The report confirmed that that trucks and truck drivers are not usually the cause of the fatal collisions they are involved in and truck drivers are far less likely to have been drinking or impaired by alcohol or drugs – 2% compared to 17% for other drivers involved in the same crashes.
According to a release, the OTA “compiled data from the ORSAR reports going back to 1993 and found that despite a 79% increase in the number of large trucks registered in Ontario, the number of large truck fatalities decreased from 202 in 1993 to 100 in 2012.”
David Bradley, OTA president said this of the findings: “Highway safety is an ever-evolving thing. While the trucking industry has an enviable record in terms of safety, our members are dedicated to continuous improvement and to the implementation of meaningful measures to reduce collisions further.”