Traveling the highways is tough enough, please don't make it worse.

I recently got nailed by a rock while driving on I-84. It flew out of the back of a work truck and broke my windshield. We all know things happens that are unavoidable. Thankfully, I didn't have an accident from the shock of something flying at the drivers side of my windshield.

I know every driver has been behind a vehicle with bags piled up on the roof rack, a pick up truck overflowing with furniture, or better yet, the mattress on the roof with the drivers arm out the window attempting to hold it down.

How often have you had to dodge debris on the road, or worse yet, objects coming detached while a vehicle is moving?

A study just released by AAA found that road debris can have worse consequences than slowing commuters. It comes as no surprise to me that the study found that road debris caused nearly 200,000 accidents, about 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014.

Jennifer Ryan, director of state relations for AAA, told

It’s important for drivers to know that many states have hefty fines and penalties for drivers who drop items from their vehicle onto the roadway, and in some cases, states impose jail time

The fine for each offense starts at $100. Please think about other people that will be on the road with you when you load up.

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