A truck crash on Hwy. 402 - February 21, 2018 (Photo Courtesy of Aaron Zimmer)

MPP Lobbying New Transport Minister On Hwy. 402 Safety

Sarnia-Lambton’s MPP is again pressing for increased safety measures along the Hwy. 402 approach to the Blue Water Bridge.

This follows another rear-end crash involving three transport trucks near the Christina St. exit late Wednesday afternoon.

MPP Bob Bailey hand-delivered a letter in the legislature Thursday to the new Ontario Transportation Minister Kathryn McGarry, calling for action to prevent further incidents.

One suggestion is to use the former MTO inspection station east of Sarnia for truckers to rest and prepare paperwork.

“Some people think that could be some of the problems with the accidents,” says Bailey. “They go over that crest in the road, and have some paperwork on their lap and they just aren’t aware. There’s already lots of signage out there, warning about slow trucks.

“It’s a major international corridor and we need the resources out there to keep the road safe for our local residents who live there and people in their private vehicles.”

Bailey would also like the ministry to explore increased police enforcement in the area.

He notes a fatal crash on Hwy. 401 in 1999 prompted the hiring of 22 new OPP officers to patrol that section of highway, and he’d like to see something similar here.

A two-day safety blitz in August of 2017 resulted in 102 charges, half of which were commercial vehicles.

Bailey had been in contact with former minister Steven Del Duca but says it’s important to keep the new minister on top of the issue.

He’s hopeful McGarry will meet with him and other local representatives at the Good Roads Conference February 25 to 28 in Toronto. He continues to seek answers on whether the end-of-queue detection system is operational.