WHEREAS, unsecured cargo or other debris falling from a moving vehicle can pose a serious hazard to other motorists and can lead to property damage, injuries or fatalities; and,
WHEREAS, this debris can be a road hazard that results in a crash as drivers swerve to avoid it; and,
WHEREAS, data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated that in 2010 there were approximately 51,000 crashes and 440 known fatalities involving a vehicle striking an object that came off another vehicle or a non-fixed object lying in the roadway; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center reported there were nearly 1,700 crashes in Michigan from 2011-2015 in which there was a loss or shift of cargo; and,
WHEREAS, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have statutes regarding unsecured loads that pertain to non-commercial and commercial vehicles; and,
WHEREAS, all 50 states and the District of Columbia reported having fines or penalties for violating unsecured load statutes ranging from $10 to $5,000;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 6, 2017 as Secure Your Load Day in Michigan.