The Traffic Stop: Securing Loads on Vehicles

By MPD Sergeant Mo Hawkinson
June 29, 2016

Securing Loads on Vehicles

STO #179 & KSA 8-1906

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Summer is officially underway and that means lawn maintenance! Which also means now is a good time to remind drivers: no vehicle may be driven on McPherson roads unless its load is secured to prevent dropping, sifting, leaking, or escaping.

We frequently receive complaints about this problem from residents on the east side of town where drivers pass on their way to McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility. Unsecured and uncovered tree limbs, foliage, or grass clippings are scattered on the roads while in transit to waste management.

As call response dictates, patrol officers will remove or dispose of the debris. When you drop or find debris in the roadway, rather than simply driving away, pull out of the traffic way and wait for a safe time to remove the item. MPD can provide traffic control when vehicle movement would otherwise prevent safe removal.

Help keep McPherson roadways safe by properly securing your load before you drive. In McPherson, failure to safely secure a load in or on a vehicle is a non-moving violation punishable by a $60 fine and $75.50 Municipal Court cost.

On most Tuesdays, MPD addresses a topic dealing with traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The “Traffic Stop” is organized by the Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau.