Ontario driver stopped for securing appliances in truck bed with tape

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Ontario driver stopped for securing appliances in truck bed with tape
Ontario driver stopped for securing appliances in truck bed with tape

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The penalty for protecting the payload of his pickup so poorly? A fine of $ 160

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Lorraine Sommerfeld

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August 11, 202141 minutes agoRead for 1 minute Join the conversation Ontario driver stopped for securing appliances in truck bed with tape A load of equipment secured with electrical tape on a back of a truck as filmed by a police officer in Milton, Ontario in August 2021 Photo by Halton Regional Police Services on Twitter

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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.

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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.