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Deputies warn of fines for loose cargo

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Unsecured cargo in a pickup truck (Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office) Unsecured cargo in a pickup truck (Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office)
Unsecured cargo in a pickup truck (Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office) Unsecured cargo in a pickup truck (Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office)
CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

If you have some spring cleaning planned, make sure trash or debris is secured in your vehicle before you hit the road.

Montgomery County deputies are warning drivers they could face fines of up to $1,000 if things are left unsecured.

Nearly 70 percent of the litter seen on the side of the road comes from people transporting their residential or commercial trash, according to Sgt. Mike Leutert of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Environmental Enforcement Unit.

The state's "Secure Load Law" requires cargo to be restrained with tarps or straps. Drivers can still be cited even if nothing has blown off the vehicle, Leutert said.

"If you are taking something to the landfill, transfer station or one of our centers, treat your load like you were transporting valuable antiques," he said.

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