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Fatal truck crashes are a serious problem in Canada, fuelled by government inaction

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The reason there were fewer wrecks in the old horse-and-buggy days is because the driver didn’t have to depend entirely on his own intelligence. – Anonymous. For the past several years, on a part-time basis, I’ve been assisting the non-profit Canadian Owner-Operators’ Cooperative (COOC) in its efforts to lower its trucking members’ operating costs. These mainly include the costs of insurance, fuel, tires, and maintenance. But a much more crucial campaign the COOC has undertaken has been to improve driving safety and decrease the involvement of heavy trucks in highway crashes. Nearly 2,000 Canadians are killed each year and another 10,000 seriously injured in collisions involving a heavy truck (one with a gross vehicle weight greater than 12,000 pounds). Even on a per-distance-travelled basis, large trucks have a fatality rate double the rate for all other vehicles. The tendency, unfortunately, is for most people to blame the truck drivers, rather…

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RCMP calls shooting moose from your truck “lazy”

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The RCMP in Newfoundland are calling moose hunters who hunt from the comfort of their vehicles lazy. The CBC is reporting that rhe police force is receiving complaints about hunters who aren’t bothering to get out of their vehicles or leave roads before taking a shot at a moose. “Too lazy to get out of the car and go into the woods and hunt like you’re supposed to. Stopping on the highway, erratic driving, driving without due care and a attention, standing in the rear of half-tonne trucks,” commented Sgt. Boyd Merrill. “It’s just extreme laziness,” he said. Oh, did anyone forget that it’s also illegal? Source: CBC

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