Transport truck crashes spiked 40% this year: OPP

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Fatal transport truck crashes are up 40%, say the OPP, describing it as a significant increase in fatal commercial motor vehicle related collisions.

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From January 1 to June 30, 2021, the OPP responded to 32 fatal crashes involving commercial motor vehicles, compared to 23 at this time last year.

“This is widespread across the province on every major corridor. There is no one hotspot,” said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

In the second half of 2021, 2,956 commercial motor vehicle-involved crashes occurred, up 9% over 2020 and accounting for close to 13% of the total number of collisions on OPP-patrolled roads this year.

Police say the main problems are speeding, following too closely and driver inattention.

Heavy commercial vehicles can weigh more than 60,000 kg. capable of reaching speeds travelling of 105 km/h.

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“This generates significant momentum and energy, increasing the risk of fatality when involved in a crash with other vehicles,” police said.

Between July 11 to 17, the OPP will run Operation Safe Driver involving highly visible officers conducting enforcement and education aimed at commercial vehicles.

Police say there will be zero tolerance with any motorists observed engaging in risky driving in and around these large vehicles.

Inspections will also be done in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation.

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