Don’t Forget to Secure Your Load
Gov. Mark Gordon has proclaimed today, June 6, Secure Your Load Day.
According to Wyoming Statute 31-5-228, “No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any highway unless the vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any of its load from dropping, shifting, leaking, or otherwise escaping therefrom.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2016 there were 90,266 incidents involving debris on roadways nationwide, resulting in nearly 20,000 injuries and 683 deaths.
“It’s important drivers secure their loads to ensure the safety of all motorists traveling upon Wyoming’s roadways,” said Sergeant Jeremy Beck, in a press release. “If your load is not secure, it may come loose and fall off your vehicle. This can cause serious injury or death to others, so it is always a best practice to check load securement.”
Washington resident Robin Abel was instrumental in the first declaration of Secure Your Load safety day in 2004. Her daughter was severely injured by an unsecured load. And it was Abel’s recommendations that led to the FAST Act of 2015.
Here are a few tips to help motorists keep their loads secure.:
- Secure loads with proper ropes, netting, or straps.
- Secure large objects directly to the vehicle or trailer.
- Cover the entire load with a tarp or netting.
- Avoid overloading the vehicle.
- Double-check to ensure the load is secure before moving the vehicle.