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Police ask transport drivers to 'share the road'

'Large transport trucks are involved in thousands of road collisions in Ontario every year'
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Courtesy OPP

The OPP is hoping to convince drivers of transport trucks to drive more safely on northern highways.

"The Temiskaming Detachment of the OPP have received erratic driving complaints involving commercial motor vehicles (CMV) on the highways," says Cst. Jennifer Smith. "The OPP acknowledges that many CMV drivers take their driving responsibilities seriously. It is imperative that every person who drives a large truck or commercial vehicle recognizes the increased risks and costs."

Large transport trucks are involved in thousands of road collisions in Ontario every year says Smith.

"Over and above the increased risk of death and serious injuries, a collision on a major highway involving a large truck often results in a highway closure that can last for many hours. 

"CMV drivers and other drivers need to share the road and give each other the space they need to travel and stop safely. CMV operators need to ensure the safe movement and condition of their vehicles every day and they need to make a commitment to being among the safest drivers on the road."

Winter weather can change unexpectedly and Smith advises drivers:

  •  Adjust your speed and slow down when visibility and road conditions deteriorate. Avoid non-essential travel during these periods. 
  • Turn on your vehicle's FULL lighting system. It is the only way to completely engage your rear lights and this is critical in helping to reduce the risk of collisions when driving in poor visibility. 
  • More than 1,000 snowplows, salt trucks, and sanders are used to clear more than 16,000 km of provincial highways in Ontario. Use caution and be patient when you come upon them on the highway.    
  • Use MTO's Ontario 511 Traveller Information Services to obtain easy access to up-to-date winter information on road conditions and road closures.   

 "if you observe aggressive driving behaviour, obtain as much information as possible and call 9-1-1 to report it," suggests Smith. "The irresponsible behaviour of one driver can negatively affect the lives of many."

Learn more here,

And: Commercial Vehicle Safety in Ontario (MTO)