News Commercial vehicle safety blitz underway SHARE ON: Rocco Frangione, staff Wednesday, Jun. 13th, 2018 Officer inspects large truck for safety violations. Photo credit: Supplied Staff with the Ministry of Transportation and OPP in the Northeast are out along Highway 17 and Highway 11 checking commercial vehicles. The one day blitz is in response to a 25 percent rise in fatal collisions this year involving large transport trucks. To date, there have been 25 deaths connected to a commercial vehicle on provincial highways. Sergeant Carlo Berardi of OPP Northeast Region says six of those deaths have taken place in the northeast compared to one death for the same time a year ago. During the blitz, Berardi says law enforcement will be looking not only for speeding truck drivers, but also log books, hours of service and equipment to make sure the vehicle is safe. Berardi wasn’t sure why there’s been a rise in fatal collisions but says it’s been a trend the last couple of years. The blitz, which involves spot checks on highways and having commercial vehicles enter checkpoint stations, ends at 6:00am Thursday.