TRAFFIC and Highway Patrol officers are reminding motorists about the danger of unsecured loads.
Those drivers who ignore road rules in relation to vehicle loads run the risk of infringements including fines and the loss of demerit points.
Driving a vehicle with an unsecured load can incur a $405 fine and the loss of three demerit points; driving without a clear view can see a driver receive a $304 fine and the loss of three demerit points; while an infringement for driving a vehicle with an overhanging load will incur a $405 fine and the loss of three demerit points.
Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, said all motorists should be aware of the dangers of not securing their loads.
“With the summer months upon us in the lead up to the end of the year, people are obviously taking advantage of the good weather to get jobs done around the house,” he said.
“Drivers need to ensure that their vehicle loads are properly secured and not leave anything to chance.
“We have had instances of ladders not properly secured coming off vehicles and in one case led to a fatality last year.
“With our recent announcement of Operation Phoenix, drivers will see Highway Patrol Officers on the road for additional hours in the lead up to Christmas.
“Those that are carrying loads that are not secure will be detected and prosecuted to ensure that our roads are safe for everyone,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.