OPP cracking down on distracted truckers by patrolling in transport trucks
An OPP cruiser is seen in this undated photo.
Provincial police are patrolling Ontario roads in transport trucks this week in an effort to crack down on distracted driving by commercial truck drivers.
Ontario Provincial Police say the five-day road safety blitz launched Monday is the first time officers have used transport trucks on patrol.
They say being in the trucks will give officers a better vantage point for spotting distracted or dangerous drivers.
The OPP say inattentive driving causes over a quarter of all commercial vehicle collisions.
Commissioner Vince Hawkes says the OPP has responded to more than 6,200 collisions related to transport trucks this year.
Hawkes says 69 of those collisions were fatal, killing a total of 84 people.
In one incident late last week, a 33-year-old man was killed when two tractor trailers collided on Highway 11 in Temagami, Ont., near Sudbury.
Police say Amandeep Mangat was a passenger in one of trucks. Officers say the drivers of both vehicles were injured in the Dec. 8 collision