Brampton motorist fined for driving with mattresses tied to roof with bedsheets

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Published November 12, 2021 at 3:01 pm

Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Caledon pulled over a motorist driving down Mayfield Rd. with two mattresses held to the roof of a vehicle with a fitted bed sheet on Nov. 11, 2021.

Police in Caledon are reminding drivers that bed sheets and gravity aren’t a good way to secure a load after an odd traffic stop on Thursday.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Caledon said they were shocked to see a motorist driving down Mayfield Rd. near Hwy. 410 around 7:15 a.m. with two mattresses held to the roof of a vehicle with a fitted bed sheet.

Police say the driver had recruited two friends to help move the mattresses, with the front right and rear left passengers holding the ends of the bed sheet by hand as it was draped over the mattresses.

The 25-year-old driver from Brampton was charged with having an insecure load under the Highway Traffic Act, which carries a fine of $160 and no demerit points.

Polcie said drivers planning to moving large objects need to plan ahead and use the right tools.

  • Use a van or truck with an enclosed cargo area when possible.
  • Use proper strapping, such as ratchet straps, that have load rating exceeding what you are transporting.
  • The use of a net or tarp can assist in securing the load in an open trailer or truck bed.
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