Dangers of debris in roads: What to do, who to call

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- We've all seen debris in the road. Tire shreds, car pieces, furniture. New numbers from AAA show just how dangerous that debris can be.

A AAA Foundation Traffic Safety study shows that, over the last four years, more than 200,000 crashes nationwide can be attributed to debris in the road. Two thirds of debris-related crashes, the groups says, are the result of items falling out of a vehicle due to unsecured loads and improper maintenance.

Master Trooper Chris Knox says in the Triad, the Highway Patrol receives calls every day about debris causing unsafe conditions in the road.

He advises taking extra caution to properly secure items in the back of your vehicle.

"It is North Carolina law to secure all items on your vehicle properly," he said. "So not only could you get a citation, you could cause a collision."

Tire shreds are also common in roadways. Vehicle maintenance can help prevent tire blowouts.

Trooper Knox said, in most cases, it is better to hit debris rather than swerve to try and miss it, which could lead to an accident.

If you see any items in the road, Trooper Knox said to call the Highway Patrol so they can remove it before a wreck happens. The best number to call is *HP, which is *47.

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