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Hey Ontario Truckers! June 17 Cops’ll Be Out in Droves

TORONTO—The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ministry of Transportation are staging the annual one-day inspection blitz tomorrow, Tuesday June 17.

The two bodies join forces annually for this initiative that raises awareness among commercial vehicle drivers about safe operation and maintenance of transport trucks and other large commercial vehicles.

"Large trucks do far more damage in collisions by virtue of their size and there is also a long list of things that can go wrong if a commercial vehicle's equipment is not in good condition and properly secured.  There is no room for error and we expect all truck drivers to keep a perfect scorecard when it comes to how they operate their rig and inspect and maintain their equipment," says Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

"Throughout 2013, the OPP pulled over more than 22,000 commercial vehicles across the province. Our officers ended up removing nearly 2,000 trucks from the road for being unsafe to drive and laying over 1,700 defective equipment-related charges," said Chief Superintendent Don Bell. 

"Combine these offences with dangerous driving behaviours such as the more than 3,300 speeding charges we laid against commercial vehicle drivers last year and this has all the right ingredients for more tragedy on our roads," Bell added.

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The Gov. needs to go after shipper that hold a truck all then expect the driver to drive all night

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