Avoid blind spot be­side large trucks

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS -


“The safe op­er­a­tion of large com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles on Al­berta high­ways is im­por­tant to our econ­omy and to the health and well-be­ing of every­one us­ing the high­way net­work. Safety is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity among all road users, and every­one needs to be cau­tious and aware when big trucks are trav­el­ling our high­ways,” said Brian Ma­son, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion.

“We’re mak­ing Al­berta’s high­ways a bet­ter place, for both the trans­porta­tion in­dus­try and the pub­lic, with a stead­fast fo­cus on safety. Our mem­bers have de­vel­oped trans­porta­tion train­ing pro­grams to en­sure their driv­ers op­er­ate safely and have clear-cut con­fi­dence be­hind the wheel. That con­fi­dence, paired with Al­berta Trans­porta­tion’s ded­i­ca­tion to shar­ing monthly Traf­fic Safety fo­cuses with the pub­lic, shows both the AMTA and the province is com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing and im­prov­ing our roads,” said Lor­raine Card, pres­i­dent, Al­berta Mo­tor Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion.

In con­junc­tion with this month’s cam­paign, Road Check 2017, run by Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle En­force­ment of­fi­cers, will op­er­ate a se­ries of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle safety checks on Al­berta roads and high­ways in June to heighten aware­ness of safety stan­dards in the province. *From 2011 to 2015, 2,647 truck trac­tors were in­volved in ca­su­alty col­li­sions in Al­berta. * There are 25,717 Na­tional Safety Code car­ri­ers in Al­berta op­er­at­ing 128,458 com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. * Trac­tor-trail­ers ac­count for two per cent of the to­tal ve­hi­cles in ca­su­alty crashes, but 8.6 per cent of the ve­hi­cles in fa­tal crashes (2015). * Large ve­hi­cles have large blind spots, if you can’t see the driver, odds are they can’t see you ei­ther. * Large ve­hi­cles take longer to stop than pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles. This in­creased brak­ing time is due to a num­ber of fac- tors, in­clud­ing the size and weight of the ve­hi­cle, con­di­tion of the ve­hi­cle’s brakes and tem­per­a­ture of the brakes. * Leave at least three me­tres be­tween your ve­hi­cle and the rear of a truck stopped at a light or stop sign, es­pe­cially on a hill. * Trucks will usu­ally swing slightly to the left be­fore mak­ing a right­hand turn; do not as­sume the driver is turn­ing left.

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