The OPP Highway Safety Division for Northeast Region is launching “Project Slow Down”.

The safety blitz will target speeding commercials vehicles in the Sudbury and Parry Sound districts for two days beginning Tuesday, January 23rd.

Police will target Highways 17, 69, 124, and 144 using the latest technology available for speed detection.

This year alone, 17 percent of all collisions on OPP-patrolled roads in northeast region have involved commercial vehicles.

Sudbury OPP Community Safety Officer Constable Andre Taschereau says speeding truckers need to know police are watching them.

 

In Ontario for 2018, collisions involving commercial vehicles have resulted in six fatalities, 77 injuries, and 372 wrecked vehicles.

Constable Taschereau says 66 percent of those crashes were the fault of the commercial vehicle driver mainly due to driver distraction.

He says those numbers are unusually high this early in the year.

 

In northeast region, collisions involving commercial vehicles have taken the lives of two people and caused eight injuries so far in 2018.