Caltrans Urges Trucks to Secure Their Loads to Reduce Litter

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) – We’ve all seen a truck driving along with something spilling out. It could be cardboard, branches or even a mattress. Whether you’re a trucker or a family moving across town, your load must be secured.

For example, a pickup carrying empty boxes might need a cargo net plus straps or rope. Heavy appliances might only require straps, rope or chain. Ask yourself this before you haul something: Would I feel safe driving behind this load?

When objects fall on the road, theyadd to the litter problem. Removing debris from the traffic lanes or assisting at atraffic incident takes crew away from other tasks and also puts public safety officers and Caltrans crews in harm’s way. If your load spills, you can receive a ticket.

Beyond securing loads and putting garbage in trash cans, how else can the public help? Caltrans offers the Adopt-a-Highway program. For more information, check out

This News Flash is the 210th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California’s economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or go to

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