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Secure Your Load to Help Save Lives

Debris recovered from highways

By Doug Pacey / ADOT Communications

It’s something that takes an extra few minutes and can save a life: Secure your load.

Signed proclamation for Secure Your LoadOn Tuesday, June 6, the Maricopa Association of Governments, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety came together at an ADOT Maintenance Yard to recognize Secure Your Load Day in Arizona, as proclaimed by Governor Doug Ducey (click the icon at right to read the proclamation).

Surrounding them was debris collected from highways, including mattresses, furniture, a refrigerator, ladders, wooden pallets and more. One mangled couch never made it home from the furniture store, its tags still attached.

Meanwhile, ADOT's overhead signs shared this message: “SECURE YOUR LOAD, SAVE LIVES.”

Not only can debris be deadly for motorists, it puts law enforcement and road workers in the dangerous position of having to remove items while vehicles speed by.

Tie-downs, netting, bungee cords, ropes, straps and tarps all can keep your belongings in your vehicle and off the road, making travel safer for everyone.

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