Ontario police target commercial drivers in blitz

More than 350 charges laid in 24-hour period during 'Operation Corridor'

The Ontario Provincial Police laid 355 commercial motor vehicle charges during “Operation Corridor” — a 24-hour initiative that targeted aggressive commercial motor vehicle drivers and unsafe commercial vehicles.

The annual safety blitz began at 6 a.m. on Aug. 18 and ended at 6 a.m. on Aug. 19.

During that time, OPP officers stopped 1,431 commercial motor vehicles and took 31 commercial motor vehicles out of service due to various equipment issues or hours of service violations. The following charges were laid:

•speeding: 131
•follow too close: 10
•other hazardous moving violations: 43
•equipment-related: 82
•drinking and driving charges: 3

Comparing results to last year

During the 2009 blitz, 1,532 vehicles were stopped during Operation Corridor, resulting in 285 charges being laid for offences such as speeding, following too closely, unsafe lane changes, impaired driving, seatbelt charges and other related offences.

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