OPP Targets Trucks (Commercial Vehicles) on Highways

Update:

The Ontario Provincial Police (the “OPP”) targeted commercial trucks on Wednesday and Thursday (commencing Wednesday, August 18 at 6 a.m. and continuing until Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6 a.m.) in an annual blitz named “Operation Corridor”.

During that twenty-four (24) hour period, the OPP stopped 1,431 commercial trucks and took 31 commercial trucks out of service due to various equipment issues or hours of service violations. As a result of the 24 hour blitz, the OPP laid 355 charges under the Highway Traffic Act.

The breakdown of the August 18/19, 2010 charges laid:

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

In 2009’s fall blitz (“Operation Corridor”), 1,532 commercial trucks were stopped, resulting in 285 charges (for offences such as speeding, following too closely, unsafe lane changes, impaired driving, seatbelt charges and other related offences).

See the OPP News Release and the summary of the OPP results below:

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.”

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