Operation: Safe Trucking

by Robert Washburn

Northumberland OPP will be cracking down on truckers next week as part of a province-wide effort to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on roadways.

Operation Safe Trucking will take place between July 15 and July 21 to stop drivers from distractions, impaired driving, aggressive driving, and not using seat belts.

Officers will also be checking inspection records and the number of hours drivers spend behind the wheel.  After at least eight hours off-duty, a driver cannot drive more than 13 hours.

Last year was a 10-year high in fatal trucking accidents with 91 people killed in 76 crashes. Provincially, the OPP investigated more than 3,600 collisions so far this year involving truckers.