The Traffic Stop: Securing loads on vehicles

By MPD Executive Officer Mo Hawkinson
November 25, 2015

(Standard Traffic Ordinance #179 & Kansas Statute Annotated 8-1906. Find the exact wording here:

'Tis the season! Temps are dropping, leaves are falling, and folks all over are cleaning up yards.

Which means it's a good time to remind drivers: no vehicle is to be driven or moved on any highway, road, or street unless its load is so constructed or loaded to prevent dropping, shifting, leaking or escaping.

McPherson KS Police Department receives complaints about this problem most frequently from drivers on East First and East Northview. The debris is usually tree limbs or foliage scattered on the roads as vehicles are taking loads to McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility.

MPD also finds different types of debris in the roadway and as call response dictates we remove or dispose of it.

When you drop debris or find it in the roadway, pull out of the trafficway, and wait for a safe time to remove it, rather than simply driving around. Certainly, MPD can provide traffic control if traffic does not permit a safe removal. Help keep McPherson, Kansas roads clear by simply securing your load properly before you drive.

In McPherson, failure to secure loads on a vehicle is a non-moving violation punishable by a $60 fine and $75 Municipal Court cost.

“The Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays on the McPherson Police Department's Facebook page and on-air on KBBE on Wednesdays to address topics of traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson.

The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes “The Traffic Stop” and welcomes suggestions on topics to address! Please send your traffic enforcement questions unrelated to the current topic or topic suggestions to MPD via private message on Facebook.

Call us if any question requires an immediate answer on our non-emergency line: (620)245-1200.