You’ve seen planes make emergency landings on a highway, but it was quite the scene when a boat tied up traffic. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
Traffic was snarled in the state of Washington on Monday when a boat, sitting on a trailer, being hauled by a car, came loose, cascading sideways down a Washington state highway. Taa daa. It’s a transportation nightmare trifecta.
Whether it be kyaks that come loose from roof racks, autumn leaf cleanup that scatters from truck beds, or Christmas trees that fall off the top of a car, no matter the season, there’s no end to the way improperly secured cargo can be dangerous and costly—not to mention illegal.
In New Jersey, a driver who fails to secure a load that falls onto the roadway, whether or not it causes damage, is subject to a $500 fine, and in Pennsylvania, if any item falls from a vehicle and causes property damage or injury, the driver faces a fine of up to $1,000 in addition to the lawsuit from the other drivers who are harmed.
The Washington state driver damaged his boat, had to pay for towing and got a ticket for failing to secure a load, which no doubt cost him a boatload.
From The Judge Group, I’m Amy E. Feldman for KYW News Radio.