Despite advance notice, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped close to 3,500 commercial motor vehicles (CMV), laid 1,836 charges and took 71 unsafe vehicles out of service during their provincial Operation Safe Trucking initiative Dec. 11-15.
During the blitz, police covertly conducted highway patrol from transport trucks, giving the officers an improved vantage point and helping them lay 223 distracted driving charges against CMV drivers. OPP aircraft and sprinter vans were also used for enforcement, providing an enhanced view of aggressive drivers. Speeding accounted for 336 of the charges, 111 were the result of following too close and an additional 185 charges were laid for other moving violations.
A number of CMVs were found to have defective equipment, resulting in 185 of the charges. Improper documentation topped the list of charges at 537. More than 600 hours of inspections were conducted alongside police road safety partners, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
Officers also charged a number of passenger-vehicle drivers with various violations such as distracted driving and speeding.
“Our Operation Safe Trucking enforcement results are the latest reminder that more work needs to be done to reduce the serious public safety risks posed by some commercial motor vehicle drivers,” said J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes, OPP commissioner. “As expected, our officers noted that the vast majority of CMV drivers were operating their trucks in a safe manner during this initiative. The OPP would like to thank these (and other) drivers who contribute to safe roads and help save lives.”
Operation Safe Trucking is the latest initiative to support the OPP CMV Collision Mitigation Strategy to reduce the number of CMV collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.