Monthly Archives: November 2010

FLYING STEEL AND FREEWAYS: NOT A GOOD MIX

A UDOT sponsored press event aimed at reminding motorists to prevent freeway litter featured a story about a flying chunk of steel and a demonstration of the right way to tie down loads.

Litter Hurts: Alema Harrington was hit and injured by flying debris on the freeway. His story is a good reminder to properly tie down loads before transporting on Utah roads.

Wearing a sling from an injury caused by debris on I-15, Utah Jazz Broadcaster Alema Harrington warned motorists about what can happen when loads are not secured properly. “You could be a participant” in an accident that could have tragic consequences.

Harrington knows he could have been killed. On his way to work, he saw an airborne object heading straight for his vehicle. What turned out to be a chunk of steel flew through his windshield, hit his arm and punctured his back seat.

A jagged piece of steel flew through Alema Harrington's windshield.

“You don’t have time to be scared. It’s just one of those things. You just go into survival mode.”

To raise public awareness about freeway litter, Harrington recorded a public service announcement to warn motorists about how debris can cause injury or other incidents. (Scroll down to view the PSA.)

His story shows why motorists need to be very careful to properly secure transported items. UDOT maintenance workers Jake Brown and CJ Connor were on hand to give how-to demonstrations.

Litter is not just soda cans or old newspaper; it's anything that does not belong on Utah's roads. According to UDOT maintenance workers, ladders are an often retrieved item. CJ Connor, left, and Jake Brown demonstrated how to secure a ladder in the bed of a pick-up.

Securing items on a trailer or in a pick-up bed can be done using items commonly available at a home improvement store. For example, wrapping up lawn debris in a tarp can prevent leaves from “flying out like a bunch of confetti,” said Jake.  For a list safety tips for securing items, visit the Litter Hurts website and see “Are You Secure?” at the top.

UDOT provided media with a CD video of  Harrington’s PSA: