AURORA, ON, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is
partnering with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), Ministry of the
Environment (MOE) and police services throughout the province to crack
down on aggressive commercial truck drivers and unsafe commercial
vehicles on Ontario's busiest highways.
Operation Corridor is an annual 24-hour border-to-border highway safety
initiative that focuses on high police visibility, enforcement and
safety education aimed at commercial truck drivers who travel on major
The initiative runs from Monday, June 17 to Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
During that time, OPP officers will be scanning the roadways for
commercial truck drivers who speed or display other forms of aggressive
or unsafe driving.
A recent distracted driving survey conducted in Ontario by the Canadian
Council of Motor Transport Administrators found that 26 per cent of
commercial truck drivers were using hand-held devices while driving.
The OPP will be keeping a watchful eye out for this dangerous driving
behaviour which, to date this year (2013), has taken more lives than
impaired driving on OPP patrolled roads and highways.
At the same time, MTO and MOE inspectors will be watching out for poorly
maintained commercial vehicles, those with mechanical problems and
those that do not meet emission standards.
According to the OPP, during last year's Operation Corridor campaign,
officers laid 400 Highway Traffic Act and Criminal Code charges against
commercial truck drivers. The charges ranged from speeding and driving
out-of-service vehicles to hazardous moving violations and seat belt
"We want commercial truck drivers to remember that collisions involving
large trucks can do far more damage and carry a greater risk of serious
injury and death than regular passenger cars and other small vehicles,"
said Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic
Safety and Operational Support. "Over and above our enforcement efforts
with our partners during this campaign, the onus is on every truck
driver to ensure the safe movement and condition of their vehicle every
single day so that fatal collisions in this category can be
eliminated," he added.
Commercial Vehicle Inspection Requirements
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SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division:
Sgt. Dave Woodford
Phone: (416) 553-5471
Sgt. Peter Leon
Phone: (705) 330-3738
Sgt. Kris Rae
Phone: (613) 285-2750
Sgt. Shelley Garr
Phone: (807) 473-2734
Sgt. Jim McGill
Phone: (705) 845-2751
Sgt. Dave Rektor
Phone: (519) 652-4156