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Dump trucks are the number one cause of powerline contact in the construction industry and the biggest risk happens when unloading. Given the height of the bucket, the metal can make contact and become a direct conductor of electricity. We urge drivers to
Thanks for your continued patronage to our award-winning magazine serving Canada’s multicultural transportation industry! Inside this edition, you will find the latest developments and updates related to the industry plus all the regular columns and features.
For more than twenty years, Ontario Ministry of Transportation has recognized the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups and organizations who work to improve road safety in Ontario. We congratulate this year’s Road Safety Achievement Award recipients and greatly acknowledge the leadership, commitment and dedication by all road safety partners across the province. See details on Page 30.
Speeding and faulty equipment led the list of charges laid by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) during last month’s 24hour Operation Corridor commercial motor vehicle safety blitz. Transport truck-related collisions continue to take a significant toll on human life on OPP patrolled roads, with one in five road crashes involving large commercial vehicles. We join the OPP in reminding commercial truck drivers that safe driving, proper maintenance and adherence to inspection requirements at all times go a long way to making Ontario roads safe.
The summer season is upon us and in the upcoming weeks, many Canadians will take to the road and travel abroad. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is making every effort to effectively manage the increased volumes of passengers during this peak period and encourages travellers to follow the handy tips provided on Page 32. It is also important that we all do our part to keep Ontario’s roads safe. Everyone wants to reach their destination without harm. Impaired, aggressive and distracted driving take the lives of far too many Ontarians every year. We urge all motorists to drive defensively, pay attention, be safe and respect the rules of the road.
The Government of Ontario is creating jobs and keeping people moving by widening more than 10 kilometres of Highway 400 from Major Mackenzie Drive in Vaughan to King Road in the Township of King. The $90 million project, which is scheduled for completion in fall 2020 will widen the highway from six lanes to eight lanes and include a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction. Improving key transportation infrastructure to keep people moving is integral to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
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Enjoy the Canadian summer and please remember that road safety is a shared responsibility. See you next month!