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Appendix V: "Secure Your Load" Educational
Materials for Non-Commercial Vehicles
Figure 6: Washington State Department of Ecology
Just before midnight on
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004,
Maria Federici was
driving home from
5he was in the
S outhbound lanes of
1-405 at Renton near
Northeast 30th, when an entertainment
center fell from the back of a trailer in
ront of her. A 2- by 6-Foot plece of
particle board hew through her
windshield, hitting her In the face.
The other driver did not stop.
She was critically inured and taken to
Harborview Medical Center in Seattle
Doctors told her mother her injuries
were so severe that her survival was
Miraculously, she survived. However,
Marda has permanently lcst her eyesight
and has had to endure a complete facial
reconstruction, murtlple surgeries, and
hours upon hours of grueling physical
if you don't think litter can hurt,
just ask Mara.
Please secure your load!
For more information on Mara,
you can visit her webslte at
http f//www. marlasmrale.cor
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A few seconds more than it
takes to destroy someone's life
HOW CAN YOU
1 IT SAVES LIVES
Stones like Maoriae's are all too common. Across North
menca, road litter, either umped on purpose by
motorists or accidental fallout from unsecured loads,
causes 25,000 accdents every year, nearly 100 of
them farte Road liner poses a eriou s hazard here in
Washington too. On average, there are 350 accident
,nvoving road debris on state highways each veer.
fsronien aeeaerbn State rparrmnr yr' rir rrta ,on]
When using any vehicle or trailer to
haul material, take a few minutes to
secure e load.
Tie down with rope, bungee cords,
netting, or straps. Tle large items
directly to your vehicle
Consider covering the load with a
sturdy plastic or canvas tarp or a net.
Ughter goes lower. Put lighter weight
things at the bottom of the load.
Don't Overload. Keep material level
with truck bed or trailer unless tied
down, netted, or tarped.
Always double-check your load.
aoame familar with local lam.
Some communities hase ord nances
that require loads to be covered, not
3 IT COSTS MONEY
T fi for transporting an unsecured load is
cumnetly $194, if an Item falls out of or off o
your ehie and causes bodily ielurs, you will be
charged with a gross misdemeanor, which ame
a penalty up to $5,000 and may include ]al1 lime
if the item causes proery damage, you'll be
racng a misdei eanor The tne for Istterng
something as small as a piece of paper Is $103
and a go up to 5.000 for bh er items csh as
a mattres or other place of lurniure. Covering co
aul lng your oad will keep money ie your pocket.
2 IT'S THE LAW
No vehede sha be driven or moyed
on any p mnbe hgahay nless ouc
vehce is... added asto prevent any
of rit load fro dropping. sifng,
leOarn, or oerthe se eesapnes.
(Ion re no 4 652655) Stae laws
specifically refers to "secued" loads.
Pleasee b e thrat your
community may hrae a i oal
3rdlance that goe beyond
the sraa lasw and requirIs
load t be w ered.
Please check with local authorities to
be sure you are in compliance
4 IT PREVENTS LITTER
No prs shalf throw, drop, dersit,
discard, or otherwise dispose of
rtter uoi ary pufc property in the
state.. whether hor a vehade or
otherwise. (soure Rcw o e3.0o0[l
34% o the litter-related violations
issued by Washington State Patrol n
203 ere fr a failure to securea
load and an additional 22% were
issue for debs e-aping from those
loads, [t is etatmated that unsecured
loads cause up to 25% of roadside
litter (Sours- www-u-seare wa--)
Source: Washington State Department of Ecology.
GAO-13-24 Unsecured Loads
WHY SHOULD YOU ")
SECURE YOUR LOAD
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