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Appendix V: "Secure Your Load" Educational
Materials for Non-Commercial Vehicles
Figure 5: North Carolina Department of Transportation
The N.c. Lkparmnm ofITransportftion
spends millons of dollars each year removing
llr mrom the state's radsides,
Loads must be properly secured with a cargo
ne or tarp Otherwise, debris can blow or
be tossed out due to wind drafs from higher
N,]Uoji %, Idl'. nrtllt ' .IAJO ,JL ldenls can be
atltrihted road a' debrl, annually.
The N.C. Sae Highway Patrol lx. rL
that two out of three lickers they issue for
uncured loads are issued with motorists'
safety in mind.
Keep North Carolina's highays sale by
securing loads to kep furniture, mattree
uppliancs, emply conaines, bags of gbaeagc,
fat food trash. consmcllion materials, tools
and other items ofour tate'su roadsides.
Ciutzca shar i renpeltsibllit tw keep North
Camllna's roadways clean and greenll. Though
you may not inienionally litter, if you do not
secre the items in your truck bd, you are
cantribuaing to N.dide lilr
Take rhe rime to wcure yourieod
* Bumps, turns and sudden stops can dislodge
improperly secured loads. Don't rely on an
item's weight to keep it in place during travel.
* In addition to securing loads, pickup truck bed
covr impro e fuel economy as well as keep
loads dry. clean and wale.
" Toolboxes and other built-in containers can
be used to hold trash until i can be placed
in a garbage can. Additionally, trash or
recyclables can be placed tn sturdy bags and
covered w ith a tarp or cargo nettng.
"In North Carolina, halof all
litter is blown, not thrown."
It doesn't lake much lime, cfllat r money to
make sure your load is properly secured. Driving
with a secure load enhances roadway safely for
you and other motonsts.
roadside litter and
increase safety by
using tarps, cargo
nets and tie-downs
to secure loads.
Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation.
GAO-13-24 Unsecured Loads
Careless dnrers could wind up picking
up their own litter It's illegal under North
Carolina law to haul an improperly secured
load. Penalties for littering include up to a
$2.000 fine, community service work and
one point on a motorist's driver license
Whrn lit is, h . sca '-te, spified.
hwd ' plaic jl m a vhic',c ar
voaerr fli. The otrfar lqhri,' dal bt,
presumed to have crmmind his off i e.
"Dnn'r trash our highway Dehri that it
rosed or fall fm your vehicle beomes
a safe hazard to other driesr Make sure
your load., are secure and that no lnse
trash canKly out ofyar open window or
your truck bed Littering is a violation of
state law that the Highway Patrol takes
MW Gilchrist Cloonel
NC Highway Patrol
Keep it in Your
North Ca+olina laXpayers Spend niitlians of
dollars avert' year to remove Il that llWnwe
Irom nun hods. TransporrIn unWLaoid
loads s unsafe and d1 1.
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Highway Safety: Federal and State Efforts Related to Accidents That Involve Non-Commercial Vehicles Carrying Unsecured Loads, report, November 15, 2012; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc300082/m1/34/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.