Secure Your Load for Safer Roads

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When do you need to secure items in your truck or trailer? 

Every time you hit the road. Unsecured loads cause over 300 crashes in Washington every year and cause up to 40% of roadside litter — let's change that.

Even if it's a short trip, you're going slow, or you're hauling items that seem heavy enough to stay put, securing your load is vital to keeping roads safe and litter free. So, whatever you're hauling — secure your load for safer roads.

Spread the word

Talk to your friends, family, and co-workers and make sure they don’t hit the road before safely securing cargo. This is shown to make a difference.

Call 911 if you see an unsecured load

If you see a dangerous unsecured load while driving, or you see something fall off a vehicle that could cause a crash or injure someone, call 911.

Tips for secure loads


Unsecured loads = Big fines

Littering and driving with an unsecured vehicle load are against the law in Washington, with fines up to $5,000. Unsecured loads arriving at Kitsap County waste disposal facilities are charged a $10 unsecured load fee.

Secured load laws

  • Washington state law RCW 46.61.655 requires every vehicle driven or moved on any public road to be constructed or loaded in a way that secures the load and any covering used.

  • Washington State law RCW 70A.200.120 requires those transporting waste to a transfer station or landfill to secure or cover the vehicle’s load to prevent any part of the load escaping from the vehicle.

  • Kitsap County Code Chapter 9.18 requires a fee to be charged to drivers of vehicles with unsecured loads arriving at any transfer facility or landfill. The unsecured load fee at Kitsap County facilities is $10