Selective Traffic Enforcement

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Commercial Vehicles are in the spotlight in June.

For drivers of passenger vehicles:

  • Stay out of blind spots. Stay far enough behind big trucks so that you can see both side mirrors on the truck. If you can’t see the truck driver, he or she can’t see you either.
  • Never cut in front of these vehicles
  • Allow yourself extra time to pass a big rig
  • Signal well in advance when planning to turn or change lanes
  • If you are driving beside a truck – watch for turn signals as trucks require a wide turning radius.

For drivers of commercial vehicles:

  • Pull over when feeling tired – it could save your life or someone else’s.
  • Be alert to the actions of oncoming drivers and other drivers at intersections
  • Complete proper pre and post trip inspections to ensure your vehicle is not operating with defects
  • Ensure your vehicle is within the allowed weight limit to prevent damage to the infrastructure
  • Signal well in advance when planning to turn or change lanes

From 2005 to 2009 there were 2,930 large trucks involved in casualty collisions in Alberta. There were 316 people killed and 3479 people injured in these collisions. The deaths include 41 truck drivers, 14 of these were killed in single vehicle rollover crashes.

The occupants of a passenger vehicle are more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a crash with a big rig because of the physical differences in weight, stopping distance and rollover potential.

Fatigue can play a role in large vehicle collisions. Truck drivers were more likely than all drivers in casualty collisions to be fatigued or asleep at the time of the crash. Almost half (45%) of the truckers who were fatigued and involved in a casualty collision crashed between the hours of 11 PM and 7 AM.

For more information please visit www.saferoads.com.