FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
to the September 2016 edition and thanks for your interest in our award-winning magazine proudly serving Canada’s multicultural trucking industry since 2004! Inside this edition, you will find the latest developments and event updates plus all the regular columns and features.
The National Trucking Week held from September 4th to 10th is a special occasion to acknowledge and spotlight the contributions of the hundreds of thousands of men and women of the Canadian trucking industry who keep the country’s freight moving, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We take this opportunity to congratulate and thank everyone who has chosen to build a career in the trucking industry, make valuable contributions and raise the industry profile working professionally.
For the first time since Ontario distracted driving laws were introduced in 2009, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reporting that driver inattention-related road deaths are poised to double the number of impaired-related deaths this year. As of mid-august, the OPP has investigated 38 road deaths in which an inattentive driver was involved, compared to 19 deaths involving an impaired driver. While both of these driving behaviours are equally threatening to the safety of road users, this latest data has the OPP calling for a heightened awareness of the prevalence of distracted drivers and the risks they pose on our roads. The OPP is also calling on Ontarians to develop a similar level of public intolerance of these dangerous drivers that exists of impaired drivers.
Kids are now back to school following the summer break and we wish all students, parents and teachers a fabulous learning year filled with happy moments. At the same time, we need to remember that more children will be walking and biking on our roads as they attend school. Younger children often have limited experience with traffic and lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Parents are encouraged to review and practice safety rules with their children, and to ensure the child is familiar with his/her route to the bus or school. Motorists need to take special care while driving and especially around the bus stop and school zone areas. Please remember that road safety is a shared responsibility and everyone plays a significant role.
The Smart Trucker seminar series presented by Road Today Media Group and Outridge Enterprises will make next stop in Kingston, Ontario on Tuesday, September 20th. The seminar offers winning strategies on leadership, business, time management, customer service, profit centres, latest trends and safety updates to trucking professionals. Registration is free and can be made conveniently at roadtoday.com/smarttrucker. We thank all industry sponsors and participants for making this educational and informative initiative a great success.
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Stay safe and see you next month.
Operation Safe Driver Week (Oct. 16-22, 2016) aims to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either by or around commercial motor vehicles – and to initiate educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address...