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individuals active in highway safety issues to obtain additional information
on issues related to unsecured loads and efforts by states to deal with
these issues. Interviewees included the American Automobile Association
Foundation for Traffic Safety and one of the co-authors of a 2004 study
for this foundation examining the safety impacts of vehicle-related road
debris; the Governors Highway Safety Association; and the
Transportation Cargo Safety Organization.6
We conducted this performance audit from March 2012 to November
2012 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing
standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to
obtain sufficient and appropriate evidence to provide a reasonable basis
for our findings and conclusions based on our audit objectives. We
believe that the evidence obtained provides a reasonable basis for our
findings and conclusions based on our audit objectives. Further details on
our scope and methodology can be found in appendix I and the survey is
reproduced in appendix II.
Unsecured cargo or other debris falling from a moving vehicle can pose a
serious hazard to other motorists and can lead to property damage,
injuries, or fatalities (see fig. 1). Examples of unsecured-load debris that
often ends up on roadways include objects such as mattresses or box
springs, ladders, and furniture items.
6American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety, The Safety Impact of
Vehicle-Related Road Debris, (Washington, D.C.: June 2004).
GAO-13-24 Unsecured Loads
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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/m1/8/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.