Release Date: October 8th, 2019 - 8:56am
Originator: Sergeant, Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit, 905-878-5511 ext. 5245
Contact: Sergeant, Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit, 905-878-5511 ext. 5245
Location: Halton Region
The Halton Regional Police Service has compiled the results of this year's two-day commercial vehicle (CMV) enforcement blitz held at the Mohawk Raceway in Milton. The annual event was held this year on October 2-3. Despite challenges from the weather, officers managed to inspect more than 300 commercial motor vehicles.
Officers and inspectors from the Halton Regional Police Service, along with assistance from neighbouring police services, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Finance/ Environment yielded the following results:
Top five charge categories laid during 2019 blitz:
New this year, officers also implemented impaired driver screening tests through the use of SFST (Standard Field Sobriety Testing), ASD (Approved Screening Device) for alcohol and ADSE (Approved Drug Screening Equipment) for drugs including THC and cocaine.
The blitz resulted in a total of 182 impaired driver screenings (83% of all heavy commercial motor vehicles drivers inspected during the blitz). These screenings showed a high level of compliance with 179 pass results (98%). The drivers who did not pass were given suspensions for being in violation of the zero alcohol or drug provisions for commercial motor vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act.
"1 in 3 trucks being removed from service as a result of our annual blitz says a few things. Credit to the trucking industry who make safety their priority - as many truck operators do recognize the thin margin for error that exists in operating complex trucks on our roadways. Mechanical fitness, load security and driver fitness are not an option - it's an obligation. For those who don't, Halton Police and our partners will continue to hold truck operators accountable to elevate safety for all road users. Safe trucks, safe loads and safe drivers benefit everyone" said Sgt. Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit.
Halton Police continues to strive to be at the spearhead of commercial vehicle safety in Ontario. CMV officers regularly interact with the community through events such as outreach programs, public speaking engagements and open house forums. Commercial vehicle operators can learn more by contacting CMVSafety@haltonpolice.ca