Over five days, the Ontario Provincial Police stopped nearly 3,500 commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on roadways in the province. The police drove big rigs themselves to be able to see if distracted driving was a problem among big rig operators in Ontario. They also used aircraft and sprinter vans to check up on CMV drivers.
Police officers laid 1,836 charges as a result of the traffic stops. Two-hundred and twenty-three of those charges were for distracted driving and 111 for following too closely. Speeding and other moving violations accounted for 336 and 185 charges, respectively. There were also charges laid pertaining to incorrect documents and faulty equipment.
Operation Safe Trucking, as the initiative was known, was a step to keep Ontario’s roads safe. Police said that most truckers were actually operating their vehicles safely, but the numbers of charges laid show there is still much education to be done in terms of having drivers operate CMVs in a safe manner, police indicated. The OPP also said it hopes these kinds of checks will ultimately improve the safety of transport trucks.
Distracted driving is the cause of many motor vehicle accidents on Ontario roads. Those injured due to the carelessness of a distracted driver would be in the position to pursue compensation for such things as pain and suffering, loss of income and medical expenses. In the same vein, those who have lost loved ones in motor vehicle accidents due to the negligence of others can pursue compensation for their losses. An Ontario personal injury lawyer will guide his or her clients in every step of the claims process.
Source: inhalton.com, “Nearly 2,000 Transport Truck Drivers Charged in OPP Traffic Safety Blitz”, Christine Sharma, Dec. 22, 2017