Aurora, Ontario – Ontario police will crack down on unsafe commercial vehicles and their drivers tomorrow on the province’s busiest highways.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Ministry of Transportation (MTO), Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and Ontario Municipal Police Services will join forces on Operation Corridor, an annual 24-hour border-to-border highway safety initiative. This year it runs from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14 to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15.
“The majority of commercial drivers are conscientious professionals, but Operation Corridor continues to demonstrate that a number of commercial truck drivers drive aggressively and ignore important maintenance and mechanical problems,” said Chief Superintendent Bill Grodzinski, commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division. “Any collisions involving large commercial vehicles are potentially devastating by virtue of the size and weight of these vehicles, thus commercial drivers need to exercise a high degree of due diligence at all times.”
In last year’s operation, the OPP pulled over 1,769 commercial vehicles and laid a total of 159 speeding charges, along with various other charges in relation to aggressive driving and unsafe vehicles.
The police will focus on speed and moving violations, while the MTO and MOE inspectors will check for vehicles that are poorly maintained, have mechanical problems that render them unsafe, and vehicles that do not meet emissions standards. If necessary, vehicles will be taken off the road.