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Road debris endangering Ohioans

The state is reminding drivers of the so-called "Tarp Law," mandating that loads in pick-ups and other trucks be covered so debris doesn't fly out, endangering drivers.  (WSYX/WTTE)

The state is reminding drivers of the so-called "Tarp Law," mandating that loads in pick-ups and other trucks be covered so debris doesn't fly out, endangering drivers. In 2016, 19 fatal accidents were blamed on road debris, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

ODOT showed off its haul of debris found on highways from spring and summer clean up. Among the items retrieved from roadways was a bale of chicken wire, aluminum siding, part of a 55-gallon drum, an old grill, tons of tires, and bags full of assorted trash.

"All of these things fly out of vehicles and that becomes a real hazard to motorists driving down the roadways at 70 miles per hour," said Matt Bruning, ODOT spokesman.

The tarp law mandates that all loads be covered. It's a misdemeanor offense.

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