By: Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services
Sept 13, 2016
3 days post truck driver charged in the death of an Ottawa cyclist, president of Greater Ottawa Truckers Association Ron Barr, defending truck drivers, "bikes shouldn't have been made equal to trucks on the road."
Conley, the truck driver, charged with criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and dangerous driving causing death, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
There are limitations for Truck Drivers due to the size of their vehicles, if you can imagine, they cannot see you when they are turning, the mirrors don't allow the truck driver to see behind, beside or underneath whilst in a turn. Please be aware of this fact and be cautious when riding a bicycle near a Truck.
the Transportation Industry we have all been told about the importance of
conducting our safety inspections
pre trip and post trip. These safety
inspections are mandatory for both our driver logs for the MTO and DOT
requirements as well as those of us who are part of the C-TPAT, FAST
, PIP and
. But, are we all actually doing this every single day prior to
every single load that we do? Somewhere I think that the importance for safety
has been lost.
an innocent passenger vehicle driving along the highway 400 near King City, ON,
January 27, 2015, 9:20 AM, was struck by two flying loose commercial truck tires.
The gentleman driving that vehicle was killed when the two tires hit the
windshield shattering it to bits and collapsing the roof of his vehicle. Unfortunately
the truck driver, carrying a load of lumber, continued for 2 km before stopping
to realize what had just happened. The 69-year-old, Paul Koenderman, from
Burlington, ON, former CEO of Aecon Group Inc., was air lifted to a Toronto hospital
where he died from his injuries sustained when the two 200 lb. truck tires came
loose from the commercial truck body and hit his GMC Yukon.
amount of truck tires coming loose from the truck bodies whilst driving has
increased from 2010 and in fact just last year in 2015 there were 127 incidents
of these detached wheels just in Ontario.
the new Operation Wheel Check that was launched in Ontario in December 2015,
the requirements are getting more strict and to enforce this action the fines
are getting steeper ranging from $2,000 for minor infraction to $50,000 for
wheel separation. Daily inspections
are an absolute liability law by the MTO
and requires companies to do specific specialized training for the technicians
that are involved in the wheel installations.
enforcement with on-road inspections by specially trained police officers has
become the norm and their eyes are peeled for those operators failing to do
their proper inspections. Just since December 2015 there have been 1,800 trucks
and 10,000 wheels inspected by the ministry.
corners for truck safety inspections seems like a time saving idea when one is
in a hurry to make a shipment as time is money in our JIT era, however, we must
remember that lives are far more important here than monetary gains, after all,
what are we working for everyday? Money to support our lives and our families;
think about everyone else’s families out there that we could potentially be
putting in danger by not performing our daily pre trip and post trip
inspections properly. It shouldn’t have to take someone’s life to remind us of
how important these safety inspections truly are. The trucking company involved
in this unfortunate accident stated that their last inspection on this truck
was done January 22 and that their standard practice is to only inspect the
trucks once per week; according to MTO standards, you must inspect your truck
Daily for safety of the vehicle
including it’s tires.
The Recapture Of The Most Dangerous
Drug Lord Of All Time
For many years now we have been aiding in the fight against terrorism and
one of the biggest fights is against drug trafficking and smuggling. I’m sure
by now we have all heard of the loosely referred to as a man “El Chapo” aka Joaquín Guzmán, an
extremely dangerous excuse for a human being. Guzmán is worth over 1 billion
dollars himself and is the head of the Sinaloa
Cartel; unfortunately his wealth is all derived from drug monies and countless
murders. Being the head of one of the world’s largest drug cartels, Guzmán has
committed more murders and trafficked more drugs than any other Cartel leader
in history. Guzmán prides in calling himself “The Biggest Drug Lord Of All
Time”. Guzmán has single handedly raised more uncertainty among government
officials, law enforcement, drug dealers and smugglers and the Cartel
themselves. While Guzmán is back in the supposed highest security prison in
Mexico, the same one in which he escaped from only six months ago, for the
second time, federal law enforcement are trying to extradite him to the U.S.A.
Sean Penn conducted a recent interview for the Rolling Stone magazine,
which ultimately led to the recapture of El Chapo. While we are all thrilled
with this outcome, we have to wonder, at what cost to Penn. The Mexican
authorities had been tracking Penn during his visits with El Chapo. Mexican
actress Kate del Castillo, the daughter of famed Mexican actor Eric del Castillo,
who knew Joaquín
Guzmán personally, she helped to arrange the secret meeting in the mountains of
Mexico with Sean Penn while he was on the run in October just three months
before Guzmán was captured Friday, January 8, 2016. He was captured during a shootout,
in which at least five people were killed, in his hometown of Los Mochis,
Culiacan, Mexico, and was sent back to the same prison that he had escaped from
now twice! Brilliant!
Kate del Castillo had
written an appeal in 2012 for El Chapo in which she pleaded with Guzmán to do
good and to “traffick with love”. Guzmán’s lawyer was credited with contacting
Kate and aid that his gringos were anxious to tell his story; they were led to
believe that there was going to be a movie created about El Chapo’s life
story. Penn had described some high
security measures like disposable cell phones and some sort of encrypted
communications in order to keep the meeting as secret as possible. During the
interview they discussed such matters as drugs, drug smuggling, when El Chapo
began in the drug world, whether he felt at all responsible for the high level
of drug addiction around the world and terrorism around the world. Guzmán
stated that he has no remorse for anything he has done and that he is not at
all responsible for the drug problems around the world today.
Mexican President Enrique
Pena Nieto agreed that extraditing Guzmán to the U.S.A. for trial should be
done especially after the embarrassing escape second escape from Mexico’s
highest security prison. Guzmán’s lawyer Juan Pablo Badiillo challenged this of
course. Former Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam stated that this
extradition would only happen in 300-400 years, once Guzmán completed his
sentences in Mexico.
When Guzmán was captured he
was found in a small house in Los Mochis by the Marines, however, he and his
security chief El Cholo fled through storm drains, ran to stolen escape cars
but were later found and arrested on the highway.
El Chapo must now face the
judges from our citizens across the world, law enforcement and the court system
all the way up to God. The more dangerous drug lord of all time, who’s cartel
smuggles multi ton shipments of heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana
around the world but mostly into the U.S.A. and Canada. Unfortunately this drug
lord has very good friends in very high places in the U.S.A. so seeing what the
end result will be will keep our eyes peeled open over the next few months.
Free Trade across the
Americas was invented not by whom you would think, not the U.S. President, not
the Prime Minister of Canada, the inventor you ask? It was none other than
Pablo Escobar, the wealthiest drug lord of all time with a net worth of over
$100 billion dollars. Joaquín Guzmán followed closely in Escobar’s footsteps
with this unburdened capitalism. We can only hope that this Monster never gets
out of prison. Will this stop the drug trafficking? Unfortunately no, these
drug lords have established channels through which the drug trafficking and
smuggling will continue on; our law enforcement teams across North America need
to focus in on catching the cartel members in order to cease this activity.