Collisions with commercial vehicles are the highest in decades: OPP

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Operation Safe Driver will target speed, other risk factors, as force reveals the numbers of commercial collisions for 2019.

ORILLIA, Ont. – The Ontario Provincial Police say collisions involving commercial vehicles such as transport trucks are a growing safety problem on Ontario roads. The force released figures this week showing that commercial collisions are higher than they have been in decades as it launches a new law enforcement campaign.Last year marked the highest number of collisions and fatalities involving commercial vehicles on the roads monitored by the OPP in more than 20 years, the force said in a statement.

The OPP responded to 8,432 collisions involving transport trucks and other commercial vehicles last year, almost 10% more than in 2018. Of these, 90 incidents were fatal, causing 96 dead – compared to 62 the previous year – while more than a thousand killed more than 1,000. injuries.

A campaign called Operation Safe Driver will target risk factors for collisions involving commercial vehicles, such as excessive speed, close monitoring, inappropriate lane changes and driver inattention.

Speeding, which the force linked to about 15% of collisions last year, will be the subject of particular attention.

Operation Safe Driver is a continent-wide campaign led by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a non-profit organization made up of law enforcement officials and industry representatives.



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