FROM THE ED­I­TOR’S DESK T

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

Road Today - - News - Manan Gupta Ed­i­tor @gup­ta­manan

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.

We al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate your feed­back and in­put. Do come and meet us at many in­dus­try events hap­pen­ing this sum­mer for an en­gaged con­ver­sa­tion. And don’t for­get to con­nect through our so­cial me­dia plat­forms on Youtube, Twit­ter and Face­book.

En­joy the Cana­dian sum­mer and please re­mem­ber that road safety is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity. See you next month!

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