Road debris poses huge danger for southern Arizona drivers - Tucson News Now

Road debris poses huge danger for southern Arizona drivers

Debris from overloaded vehicles such as this one can be a huge risk to drivers on highways. (Source: Tucson News Now) Debris from overloaded vehicles such as this one can be a huge risk to drivers on highways. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The number of crashes are increasing in Arizona, and officials say trash falling from vehicles is partly to blame.

More than 200,000 crashes on U.S. roadways involved debris during the past four years, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

Road debris has caused nearly 30 crashes in Pima County this year alone, said Trooper Kameron Lee, public information officer for Arizona State Troopers.

Across the nation, debris falling out of trucks has resulted in about 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014.

More than 1 in 3 crashes involving debris occur between 10 a.m. and 3:59 p.m., a time when many people are on the road hauling or moving heavy items such as furniture or construction equipment.

About two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance and unsecured loads.

“We have seen just about everything, including, ladders, furniture, appliances, yard waste, barrels full of Legos, crates of shoeboxes, hundreds of phone books, a piano, rotten fruit and the list goes on,” said Valerie Vinyard, public information officer with AAA Southern Arizona.

She said AAA encourages drivers to secure their load before hitting the road.

If you see a hazardous vehicle on the highway, you're urged to call 911.

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