“Operation Corridor” enforcement in Watson Lake saw multiple violations

Watson Lake, Yukon – Yukon RCMP Traffic Services along with enforcement officers from Yukon Highways and Public Works -Carrier Compliance and National Safety Code, were in Watson Lake last week for a concerted four-day commercial vehicle enforcement blitz, with check stops set up at multiple locations each day. This enforcement is part of a continuing effort between the three organizations named Operation Corridor.

Officers checked to make sure the drivers were sober, properly licensed and not prohibited from driving. They then inspected the vehicles to ensure cargo was properly secured, and that daily pre-trip inspections and log books were completed.

“The trucking industry is vital to the Yukon, and the majority of people in the industry operate within the scope of the law,” said Sebastien Nadeau from National Safety Code “It’s unfortunate however, that this enforcement blitz saw so many infractions. We will continue to work with the RCMP and Carrier Compliance as well as National Safety Code to enforce the rules and ensure road safety.”

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Officers checked 72 vehicles and issued 44 charges, 32 warnings and gave 65 drivers the mandatory alcohol screening demand during the four-day enforcement under National Safety Code, The Yukon Motor Vehicle Act, British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act, the Yukon Highways Act and Highways Regulations. A breakdown of some the offenses are as follows:

Three 24 hour driving suspensions;

One 72 hour suspension for a falsified log book;

One improperly licensed driver;

Three charges for transporting inadequately secured cargo;

One charge for fail to report to weigh scale;

Two charges for careless driving and;

Two charges for operating an uninsured vehicle.

“The purpose of Operation Corridor is to conduct pro-active joint enforcement to ensure compliance with the various legislation that regulates both industry and non-industry vehicles” said Corporal Natasha Dunmall, Yukon RCMP Traffic Services. “The violations identified in Watson Lake are reflective of the offenses seen throughout the year, and as such drivers can expect to see our continued joint enforcement both roadside and at check stops”.

“If one of these commercial vehicles is involved in an accident it usually means we are seeing road closures, and those roads are the main corridors between communities,” said Ryan Parry, Director of Transport Services Branch with Yukon Highways and Public Works. “This collaborative approach between our organizations is a preventative measure that will result in improvement to road safety Yukon-wide.”

You can find more information on carrier compliance regulations at https://yukon.ca/en/national-safety-code

If you would like to report a vehicle that you believe to be violating commercial vehicle regulations, please contact the Whitehorse Scales at 867-667-5729.

This is a joint release between Yukon RCMP, Carrier Compliance and National Safety Code.

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