USVI - To help keep people safe on territorial roads, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) of the Virgin
Islands Police Department (VIPD) to remind drivers to Drive Safe: Contain Your Cargo; and Drive Safe: Secure your Load.
It is every driver’s responsibility to ensure all cargo is safely secured. Items not properly secured pose a safety risk on the roadways. June 6th, National Secure Your Load Day, commemorates people whose lives were impacted or taken by unsecured
loads and to encourage drivers to properly secure their loads every time they drive.
“Many drivers think that only commercial vehicle drivers are responsible for securing their cargo,” said VIPD Commissioner, Ray A. Martinez. “We want our community to know that it is every driver’s responsibility
to ensure their load is properly secured to their vehicle to protect other vehicles, drivers, and bystanders,” Commissioner Martinez said.
In the U.S., from 2016 to 2020, an average of 16,878 people were injured per year when a vehicle collided with another object that was not properly secured. During this same time, an average of 732 people per year lost their lives. Non-commercial passenger
vehicles accounted for 81% of these crashes, in which cargo was not properly secured. The US Virgin Islands drivers must continue to be vigilant to ensure that we protect our citizens and visitors.
In the rush of the day, it can be easy to overlook the importance of properly securing your vehicle’s cargo. Before transporting a load, check that your vehicle’s load is secured on the top, sides, and back, and make sure nothing can blow
or fall out or off. Ensure your load is safe if you were to suddenly hit the brakes or a speed bump, or if you were hit by another vehicle.
Follow these tips to ensure you properly secure your cargo:
For more information on this campaign, visit nhtsa.gov or contact the MCSAP program through Sgt. Joycelyn Lee-Bobb at (340) 227-0953; Officer Javon Benjamin at (340) 513-4897 or Director Daphne O’Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org.