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The penalty for protecting the payload of his pickup so poorly? A fine of $ 160
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August 11, 2021 • 41 minutes ago • Read for 1 minute • Join the conversation Photo by Halton Regional Police Services on Twitter
When I was a kid, we made necklaces out of strung together paper clips.
Those intertwined paper clips were tougher than the cargo restraint system used by the owner of a pickup truck that was stopped by Halton area police this morning in Milton. That is not an exaggeration.
The video is a bit tight, but here’s my guess: Every other week Halton residents can dispose of their oversized trash on Garbage Day. The night before, the scraps arrived in the neighborhoods, much like scavengers cleaning the seabed. It’s actually a great system, and I hope they overhaul, reuse, or fix some of those equipment or grills that would otherwise be destined for landfill.
Today that vehicle was stopped by the Milton District Response Unit. The truck was loaded with old equipment. The police were able to stop the driver before an accident occurred. The dishwasher was held in place with electric BAND! 😮 The driver was charged. ^ cm @HRPSCMV pic.twitter.com/PWjbSW4ldW
– HRPS Milt HHills (@HRPSMiltHH) August 11, 2021
Most of these “reclaimers” have trucks that can pick up their finds. This particular driver had a truck and, well, electrical tape.
You see, there are different ways to safely secure a load on a loading platform. Electrical tape is not one of them. It is known to be elastic. You can break it with your hands. A device such as a dishwasher could break it and fall on the street. Or fall on another car. The driver was charged, but the fine for an unsafe load is $ 160. Maybe if the deterrent was a little higher or the cost was commensurate with the risk …
Above is a terrifying video of what happens in this exact type of case; The footage was filmed on a police car dash cam.
Sure. All of our old junk has to be disposed of somehow. But how about if we try a little more so as not to cause a crash? No accident, kids. Just a disaster waiting to happen.