200 people charged with careless driving problem that continues to grow

- Furniture alongside WT Harris Boulevard, apackage in the middle of Grier Road in University City and a wooden box along I-277 in Uptown. All that debris most likely coming from drivers who didn't secure their belongings.

"If it's not properly secured it's not only a violation of state law but it's also a safety hazard," said Jen Thompson from NCDOT.

In fact 205 people were charged with "not securing a load" in Mecklenburg County last year. 49 of them were convicted.

"It's a very, very serious offense and it's not something we or law enforcement take lightly," said Thompson.

Those careless drivers could face a $2,000, community service work or one point on their license. So how bad is this problem?

FOX 46 Charlotte hit the road to see what we could find. The shoulder of I-85 was littered, literally, with plastic buckets. We even hit a rake in the middle of I-485 in West Charlotte.

NCDOT's own employees deal daily with the mess too.

"I've seen furniture, I've seen ladders, I have seen trash," saidThompson.

Sometimes, it gets even bigger. Who could forget this boat someone lost along I-85 on March 12.

There is a glimer of good news. We found one of North Carolina's own securing branches in the back of his truck along 485 Wednesday afternoon.

NCDOT says you should never move debris out of the road yourself, but instead call *HP.

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