The OPP says that the number of fatal collisions involving transport trucks is rising across the province. So far this year, there have been 25 fatal collisions that involved a large transport truck on OPP-patrolled roads, which is up 25 per cent when compared to 2017.
Across the province, the OPP have responded to a total of 3,047 transport truck-related collisions in 2018, with investigations pointing to the driver of the transport as the at-fault driver in a large number of the collisions.
In the North West Region, local officers have reported 2 fatal collisions involving a commercial motor vehicle this year. Investigation determined that neither driver was at fault. The local OPP have responded to a total of 122 transport truck-related collisions in the region in 2018.
"Poor driving behaviours and moving violations alone account for a large number of transport truck-related crashes every year,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
“When other dangerous habits are thrown into the mix such as failure to adhere to vehicle maintenance, inspection and hours of service regulations as well as unsecured loads, it then becomes a question of when, not if more lives will be lost in serious transport truck collisions."
To respond to the rising number of fatal collisions, the OPP is set to conduct a robust Commercial Motor Vehicle enforcement campaign – Operation Corridor - in collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation.
The campaign is the latest traffic safety initiative to support the OPP CMV Collision Mitigation Strategy. It has been estimated that one-in-five road crashes involve large commercial vehicles. Serious crashes often result in hours-long highway closures and traffic delays as police carry out collision investigations and clear these large vehicles from the road.