1 in 5 Crashes In Ontario Involve A Transport Truck

The OPP has launched its annual "Operation Corridor" campaign.

Provincial police are focusing this year's effort on unsafe commercial vehicles.

Stats show one-in-five road crashes in Ontario involves a transport truck.

Among the more than 1,300 fatal crashes between 2012 and 2016, 266 involved transport trucks.

West Region Sgt. Dave Rektor told AM800's "The Afternoon News" that over the past three years, a significant number of collisions were caused by trucks in poor operating condition. "Between July 2014 and June 2017 there were 344 crashes involving defective transport trucks, six of which were fatal and 37 resulting in personal injury."

"The collisions are a combination of unsafe trucks and poor driving," says Rektor. "We see everything from damaged axles, blown tires, faulty breaks, faulty air systems.  Also things flying out of and off of vehicles that produce tragic consequences.  We know that drivers are driving long hours.  They're tired -- there's fatigue."

The two-day campaign ends today.

Officers along with the Ministry of Transportation will be randomly stopping vehicles on O-P-P patrolled roads.