(ORILLIA, ON) – The OPP is concerned about the more than 1,200 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) collisions it has responded to, so far this winter. Equally concerning is that not all drivers are on board with the OPP’s call for motorists to change their driving behaviours to help reduce the number of collisions on Ontario roads.
Between November 1 and December 17, the OPP responded to 1,295 collisions that involved CMVs, with more than 220 of these incidents having occurred over the past ten days alone.
In one recent incident, the driver of a tractor trailer drove into a bridge support, resulting in the jack-knifed truck leaking approximately 15,000 litres of diesel fuel into a creek.
The OPP continues to see large trucks lose control and roll over when the drivers ignore posted ramp speed advisory signs and fail to slow down when travelling on highway on/off ramps.
With months of winter driving remaining, this is a particularly important time for drivers of large commercial trucks to drive within the speed limit and to slow right down when weather and road conditions deteriorate.
“The OPP acknowledges that many commercial motor vehicle drivers take their driving responsibilities seriously. But it is imperative that every person who drives a large truck recognizes the increased risks and social costs,” said Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox, Provincial Commander of the OPP’s Highway Safety Division. “The risk of death and serious injuries is greater and the property damage and disruption to the movement of traffic are more extensive when these large load-bearing vehicles are involved in collisions.”
Nine of the CMV-related road crashes investigated by the OPP since November 1, 2014 resulted in the loss of life. Since January 1, the OPP has responded to more than 8,850 collisions that involved a CMV, with 74 resulting in deaths.
In November, the OPP warned Ontario drivers that not changing driving behaviours this winter could set the stage for a repeat of last winter’s carnage which ended with more than 33,000 road crashes (in OPP jurisdiction). CMV drivers and other drivers need to share the road and give each other the space they need to travel and stop safely.