More than 350 charges laid during "Operation Corridor"

Summary of OPP Results

ORILLIA, ON, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) laid 355 commercial motor vehicle-related charges during Operation Corridor, a 24-hour province-wide initiative targeting aggressive commercial motor vehicle drivers and unsafe commercial vehicles.

Operation Corridor is an annual border-to-border highway safety initiative that focuses on high police visibility, enforcement and education opportunities on all 400 series provincial highways and provincial highways 11 and 17. Operation Corridor began at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18 and ended at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 19, 2010.

During that time, OPP officers stopped 1,431 commercial motor vehicles and took 31 commercial motor vehicles out of service due to various equipment issues or hours of service violations. The following charges were laid during Operation Corridor:

    
    Speeding: 131
    Follow Too Close: 10
    Other Hazardous Moving Violations: 43
    Equipment-related: 82
    Drinking & Driving Charges: 3
    

"The result of this year's "Operation Corridor" initiative demonstrates our unwavering commitment to saving lives and our ongoing support of our Provincial Traffic Safety Plan" stated Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, responsible for OPP Traffic Safety. "Thanks to the collective efforts of the OPP, Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of the Environment, we've taken effective measures in ensuring that Ontario highways remain amongst the safest in North America."

QUICK FACTS

Last year (2009), 1,532 vehicles were stopped during Operation Corridor, resulting in 285 charges being laid for offences such as speeding, following too closely, unsafe lane changes, impaired driving, seatbelt charges and other related offences.

LEARN MORE

    
    Find out more about the OPP Provincial Traffic Safety Program
    www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=51

    Get more information on commercial motor vehicles
    www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/
    

SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information: For further information: Contacts by OPP Region: Highway Safety Division: Sergeant Dave Woodford, Phone: 416 553-5471; Central Region: Sergeant Paulo DiFonte, Phone: 705 329-7415; East Region: Sergeant Kristine Rae, Phone: 613 284-4557; Northeast Region: Inspector Mark Andrews, Phone: 705 471-0704; Northwest Region: Sergeant Shelley Garr, Phone: 807 473-2734; West Region: Sgt Dave Rektor, Phone: 519 652-4156


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