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OPP lays nearly 700 charges against truckers during 24-hour blitz

Last Updated Jun 20, 2018 at 11:54 am EDT

Tractor-trailers sit in a parking lot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/David Zalubowski

Provincial police say they laid nearly 700 charges against transport truck drivers during a day-long blitz on Ontario’s roads last week.

Police partnered with the Ministry of Transportation and stopped a total of 1,692 trucks over the 24-hour period on June 13 and 14.

They say that of the 697 charges they laid, 226 were for speeding and 176 were for defective equipment.

Officers also laid 28 charges for distracted driving.

Other charges included failing to wear a seatbelt, making an unsafe lane change and carrying an insecure load.

Police say they took 63 trucks out of service as a result of the blitz.

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