60 meters away – are all highway laws being enforced?

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Everett Ridley knows all about white line fever he’s been driving commercial transports for almost three decades.

Today – he’s on a run from Montreal to Kingston and back.

On this day – the weather is perfect for driving, but that’s not always the case.

Everett Ridley: “You never know if the roads are slippery or whatever. You just got to take it easy, drive slow. What’s worse is people tailgating.”

And when trucks are the one tailgating — well — the results can be disastrous.

You see it all the time. Trucks in a convoy, one behind the other. But it’s not allowed under Ontario’s highway traffic act.

It states that any commercial vehicle travelling faster than 60 kilometers an hour must leave a minimum distance of 60 meters between it and any other vehicle except when passing.

The average car is around five metres long so that would mean the equivalent of 12 cars, travelling bumper to bumper, is the required distance between vehicles.

Ridley says there’d be fewer scenes like this one if more truck drivers followed the rules and drove the appropriate distance away from another vehicle.  He’d also like to see a police crackdown.

Everett Ridley: “They should try more to enforce the tailgating. It’s basically tailgating. They’re not paying attention. At the last minute you can’t stop if you’re going 60 km’s an hour.”

One trucking expert says nothing justifies driving unsafely.

Rob Jackson/Trucking Expert: “We all have delivery schedules, and pick up schedules, but at the end of the day you’ve got to keep yourself safe and alive.”

Ridley says he’s noticed more OPP officers patrolling the 401 than usual the past couple of days.

He believes it might be in response to Tuesday’s deadly pileup.

We asked the OPP about their enforcement of the highway traffic act. They haven’t responded.

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