In recognition of Secure Your Load Day, on June 6, King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) encourages all residents to take the time and use basic supplies, such and ropes, netting and straps to properly secure their loads. A load is secure when nothing can slide, shift or fall onto the roadway or become airborne.
This is a national effort championed by King County resident Robin Abel, whose daughter was severely injured by an unsecured load.
A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found road debris contributes to more than 50,000 traffic crashes and 125 fatalities every year in the U.S. The study also showed about two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the results of unsecured loads and improper vehicle or trailer maintenance.
“Even though the dangers of an unsecured load seem obvious, every year thousands of people show up at our recycling and garbage transfer stations with improperly secured loads,” said SWD Director Pat McLaughlin. “State law requires us to charge a fee to anyone who arrives with an unsecured load.”
All loads transported on every roadway must be secured. Even if a person is traveling a short distance at low speeds. These simple tips for securing loads can save lives:
- Place lighter items below heavier items to keep them in place. Secure the heavy items to the vehicle.
- Tie down items using rope, netting, straps, or chains. Fasten large items directly to the vehicle.
- Add extra protection by covering the entire load with a tarp or netting. Make sure any covering is securely tied down.
- Don’t overload vehicles or trailers.
- Double-check to be sure the load is secure.
For more information about securing your load, visit the SWD website at kingcounty.gov/secure-your-load.
King County operates eight transfer stations, two drop-boxes, the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, and many programs to help customers recycle. Learn more at kingcounty.gov/solidwaste.
“Public safety is our number-one concern,” said King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. “We want to make sure every motorist knows they are required, by law, to secure their loads. It only takes a few minutes to cover and properly tie down your load. Those efforts will prevent collisions, injuries, and even fatalities. If you see a dangerously unsecured load, call 911 immediately.”