Fatal transport truck crashes up in 2018: OPP
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 9:04AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:47AM EDT
Ontario Provincial Police say fatal transport truck collisions are up in all but two of the force's six regions this year.
The OPP says officers have responded to 33 transport truck-related collisions so far this year -- a 37.5 per cent increase compared to the same period last year -- and 41 people have died in the crashes.
The number of fatal transport truck collisions in the North East Region is up by 800 per cent from 2017.
Police say there were two deaths in the North West Region, down 60 per cent, two in the Central Region, unchanged from last year, three in the Highway Safety Division, up 50 per cent, nine in the West Region, up 12.5 per cent, and eight in the East Region, an increase of 33.3 per cent.
OPP say they've investigated more than 3,600 transport truck-related collisions, representing 11 per cent of the total number of collisions in the province so far this year.
A closer look locally shows the OPP have responded to 770 motor vehicle collisions in Essex County so far this year – and 11 per cent have involved commercial motor vehicles.
In Chatham-Kent, the OPP have responded to 100 motor vehicle collisions and 47 per cent have involved commercial motor vehicles.
The force also says it has spent close to 4,300 hours on transport truck inspections and taken 658 vehicles out of service.
It also says more than 1,615 speeding charges, 354 distracted driving charges and 963 defective equipment-related charges have been laid against transport truck drivers so far this year.