John DeGroot is the founder of the Ontario Professional Drivers' Safety Association
Next time you drive near a transport truck, you may be captured on camera.
The Ontario Professional Drivers' Safety Association, a new
organization made up of independent and fleet drivers, has announced
plans to outfit trucks with high definition cameras to capture bad
The plan comes out of a discussion association members had about the rash of collisions and illegal behaviour on the road.
"We wanted to put safety back in the industry and promote it," said
association founder John DeGroot. "Commercial trucks have a large
presence on Ontario roads every day."
Four trucks have signed up for the program so far, including
DeGroot's own vehicle. Routes travelled include the Greater Toronto Area
to Windsor (daily), Quebec (twice weekly) and Manitoba (weekly).
Each truck will have at least three cameras, with built-in GPS
tracking. The cameras are of a quality that will allow the licence plate
of vehicles three lanes away to be clearly read, and possibly inside
the vehicle, DeGroot explained.
The trucks will not have special markings that indicate it has cameras on-board.
Footage of dangerous or illegal behaviour will be sent to police and
possibly submitted to driving schools for use in training. If a
commercial vehicle is involved in the incident, DeGroot said the video
will be sent to the company as well.
Cameras will be installed on DeGroot's truck this weekend. (John DeGroot)
When contacted by CBC News, OPP Highway Safety Division Sgt. Kerry
Schmidt was quick to say this new initiative is not in partnership with
"We're not looking for other people to be our patrol officers," he
said. "I haven't gotten into any discussions with anybody that we're
going to start having have truck drivers on the road patrolling the
highways for us, looking for distracted drivers."
Nevertheless, Schmidt said video submitted by drivers could be used as part of an investigation.
Recording vehicles not an invasion of privacy
Both DeGroot and Schmidt said recording fellow drivers is not illegal or an invasion of privacy.
"It's no more than anybody with a dash cam in their vehicle or a
traffic camera that might be on a street corner — cameras are
everywhere," DeGroot said.
"It's not trying to invade privacy; it's trying to protect the public."
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