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Cover your cargo and don’t litter

Staff Report • Mar 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Now that spring has arrived, many local residents will be moving outdoors to clean up the debris shaken from the trees by winter’s winds. Some will be cleaning out their closets, basements and garages and they will haul that junk to their nearest convenience center or landfill.

Before doing so, however, they should remember to cover their loads before taking to the highway. It’s both dangerous and illegal to transport unsecured or uncovered loads. Unfortunately, strewn loads is a problem that has become epidemic across the nation.

You see it daily — trash that has been blown from the bed of a pickup truck. But the problem is more than just an eyesore. It also can be dangerous or deadly when debris lands on a busy highway.

States are now addressing a problem that costs hundreds of Americans their lives each year after being involved in accidents caused by objects on highways.

It also costs taxpayers in Tennessee more than $11 million a year to clean up litter along the roads. That’s why the Tennessee Department of Transportation asks that motorists give their litter hotline a call if they see someone tossing trash out a car window or dumping their loads as they travel. Simply take down the license plate number and call (877) 8-LITTER.

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