Saskatchewan RCMP distributed photos of the scene where a bus carrying pipeline workers collided with a truck on Sept.
Of the 16 people on the bus, 10 were injured. The Humboldt Broncos bus disaster and several other multi-fatality crashes have brought stark attention to road deaths.
Recently, a large semi loaded with grain collided near Kerrobert with a bus carrying pipeline workers; miraculously, no one died. Police photographs show the semi protruding past a stop sign from an intersecting highway.
On my radio show, drivers around the province increasingly report seeing huge, fully loaded semis routinely ignoring stop signs.
Witnesses report some farmers hauling grain in huge semis, blowing through grid road stop signs and even rolling through stop signs connecting major highways.
Ditto for certain tanker trucks in the oilpatch, trucks hauling equipment or gravel; even last week a milk tanker was spotted coasting through a stop sign onto a busy highway.
It is more deliberate. In order for a semi to accelerate from a full stop to driving speed, it takes much more energy, time and wear on the vehicle.
If the semi can coast through a stop sign at five to eight kilometres an hour, while the driver swivels his head to determine that crossing traffic is far enough away, it is easy — even safer, the earnest drivers tell me — to be able to get on the road and back to highway speed.
Oh, and you should try driving a semi on ice, they protest.
Coming to a full stop at some intersections would actually result in not being able to get moving again. Though more numerous than ever, large trucks on the road are outnumbered by passenger cars and pickup trucks and only two per cent of road crashes involve semis.
However, fully loaded and weighing upwards of 60, kilograms, large trucks often cause extraordinary damage, which explains why in fatal crashes 14 per cent of vehicles are semis. SGI statistics tell us that about people die every year on provincial highways and rural roads, 15 from failure to yield or disregarding traffic control devices.
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