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Opinion: The view from the trucker’s seat

Police inspect the scene where a 16-year-old girl was hit by a recycling truck at Berri St. and Crémazie Blvd. in January 2012. Always assume a truck driver can’t see you unless you make eye contact directly or through the mirrors, Charles Abramovici advises.

Photograph by: Dario Ayala , The Gazette

MONTREAL — Dear pedestrians, cyclists and motorists:
We need to talk.
During my 10-year career as a long-haul trucker, and now as a city driver who navigates a 53-foot tractor-trailer in and around Montreal, on a daily basis I witness people who unwittingly endanger their lives around big trucks.
I never understood, nor would have believed, just how dangerous trucks are until I drove one.
That’s why in the wake of recent truck-related deaths in Montreal, I would like to instil that sense of danger by putting you in the truck driver’s seat and explain how I almost killed a cyclist in Cambridge, Ont., on a long-haul run several years ago.
I beg you to hear me out.
It may save your life.


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