Littering on Piedmont highways

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Around 11:00 a.m. on Business 85 northbound between High Point and Greensboro on Tuesday morning, a green Waste Management front-loader garbage truck was traveling down the road, spewing debris behind it on the road and trailing cars.

The company told FOX8 the material was saw dust, but it is observable in the video that other items are also leaving the truck's bed.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, that amounts to driving with an unsecured load and could result in a fine for the driver and the company.

"It's $265 for the driver and it could be between $100 and $600 for the company depending on how many violations a trooper observes," said First Sgt. James Rigsbee.

Waste Management provided a written statement, saying, "Thank you for alerting us to this situation. Anytime residue accidentally escapes from a truck, Waste Management takes full responsibility to rectify the situation and make sure it doesn't happen in the future."

No trooper observed the truck in question, so the Highway Patrol did not issue a fine.

Also, according to the Highway Patrol, exactly what was flying out of the truck is not the issue.

"It matters because the person that's behind the vehicle that's losing its load is going to have to make an evasive action to avoid it," First Sgt. Rigsbee said. "The type of load coming off, the size of the load will not dictate the size of the collision that occurs."

Rigsbee said North Carolina State Troopers have issued 1,300 citations so far this year for improperly secured loads on commercial vehicles. He said the fines are a deterrent, and they should help keep other drivers safe.

"Death and serious injury could be involved, and nobody wants that to happen on the highways," Rigsbee said

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