County, Republic Services partner to prevent road debris, improve road safety

Joint logo of Benton County and Republic Services, Inc.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

In recognition of this year’s annual “Secure Your Load Day” Benton County and Republic Services are participating in nationwide efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of roadway debris.

In addition to an informational campaign, Republic Services will offer incentives to vehicles arriving at the Coffin Butte Landfill with secured loads. From Thursday, June 6, 2019 through Saturday, June 8, 2019, all drivers arriving at the Coffin Butte Landfill with covered loads will receive a giveaway thank you (while supplies last) and an informational hand-out.

According to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 200,000 crashes involved debris on U.S. roadways during the past four years and nearly 37% of all deaths in road debris crashes resulted from the driver swerving to avoid hitting an object.

Benton County Code 23.005 defines an uncovered load as a load that is not covered on the sides, top and bottom. Covers must be either part of or securely fastened to the vehicle/trailer to a degree that prevents any part of the waste or recyclable materials from being deposited upon any private or public property, road, right-of-way or driveway within the County.

Every state has laws that make it illegal for items to fall from a vehicle while on the road. In Oregon, it’s a Class B traffic violation with a fine of $260 (ORS 818.300 through 818.410; ORS 153.019).

When securing loads in your vehicle or trailer, use these tips:

  • Tie down load with rope, netting or straps.
  • Tie large objects directly to the vehicle or trailer.
  • Always double check load to make sure a load is secure.

For more information about securing loads, visit https://exchange.aaa.com/prevent-road-debris.