DCSO Law of the Month: Trailer, Cargo Safety

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff says drivers should ‘secure their load’ before hitting the roadway. Trailers and cargo safety is being highlighted as the Sheriff’s Office February ‘Law of the Month.’ Schmidt broke down the state statute during a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community. It cites that “no person shall operate a vehicle on a highway unless such vehicle is so constructed and loaded as to prevent its contents from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping therefrom.” Law enforcement suggests making sure the load is tied down with rope, netting or straps as well as covered with a sturdy tarp or netting. Schmidt says motorists should not overload their vehicles and distribute the cargo evenly to help prevent it from sliding. He says this is a problem his deputy’s often see while patrolling Dodge County, finding random debris on the side of the road. He says it is a safety concern because falling cargo can cause accidents. In addition, trailers must be roadworthy which includes functioning lights, adequate tires and intact fenders. Schmidt says if a person is hauling a load greater than three thousand pounds the trailer must be licensed. Failure to comply with the state statute can result in a citation of $200 dollars.