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Out of tragedy the Humboldt community found strength

By Aviva Canada on

According to Transport Canada 400 fatal crashes a year in Canada involve heavy vehicles like semi-trucks.

As we approach the 2-year anniversary of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash, we remember the terrible tragedy faced by the Humboldt community – killing 16, injuring 13, and leaving a community forever impacted.

Canadians rallied to show their support - from hockey sticks left on porches, to fundraising efforts in support of the impacted families. The strength and support of the Humboldt community lives on.

Since that time, provincial governments across Canada have begun to enact laws that ensure all heavy truck operators have standardized mandatory entry-level training programs – Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario among them.

Working towards safer roads.

However, large commercial vehicles are involved in an increasing number of fatal collisions each year. The safe operation of larger commercial vehicles remains a serious road safety concern.

To address the issue of fatal collisions by operators of large trucks an organization called Safer Roads Canada is taking action. Their mission is to advocate for more effective commercial driving regulations and enforcement, a nation-wide graduated commercial licensing system, and educating all drivers on how to share the road with large vehicles.

Pattie Fair, whose husband was killed in a crash that involved a novice heavy truck driver in British Colombia, leads the organization. The board also includes a few members who lost loved ones in the tragic Humboldt event.

Safer Roads Canada is a great example of an organization taking meaningful action to address the safer operation of large commercial vehicles, and making our roads safer for all.

For more on Safer Roads Canada click here.

“We believe everyone deserves to come home safe, and that means ensuring drivers are well trained” – Pattie Fair, Executive Director, Safer Roads Canada