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Old 06-30-2017, 12:17 PM
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This story was posted in the Automotive forum.
Driver ticketed for strapping furniture, bicycles to roof
https://www.yahoo.com/news/driver-ti...191211859.html
Personally, I'm happy to see our tax dollars being used for something worthwhile. I'm tired of dodging junk on the interstate.
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Old 06-30-2017, 12:57 PM
 
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WMUR had this story a couple days ago as a local story, and they've re-posted it on their website today as one of those national "Vuz" stories. The link you included has a better photo than WMUR had, though. The photo I saw was cropped and cut off the bottom of the vehicle... I thought it was to hide the license plate, but now I see the license plate isn't even visible, as it's covered by that wheeled basket filled with loose crap! The situation looks even worse in this photo!

I also find it interesting that the vehicle apparently did not have a valid inspection sticker.

Some of the comments to the Yahoo article are hilarious, too.
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Old 06-30-2017, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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A friend sent the link to me. That's awful. I don't know why a driver would think it's okay to tie that much stuff outside a vehicle.
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:21 AM
 
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Why is it not ok if it's properly secured? Odd, but not illegal. Creative I'd say.
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:29 AM
 
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Why is it not ok if it's properly secured? Odd, but not illegal. Creative I'd say.
It doesn't look properly secured, at all. There are items that are completely loose and there is no way that such a high pile of individual items is properly secured by ropes. It is also blocking the driver's views.

They were driving down a major interstate highway, presumably at 65 mph or faster. As an aside, the rear license plate is completely covered, and as the article mentioned, the vehicle was not inspected.
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:49 AM
 
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It doesn't look properly secured, at all. There are items that are completely loose and there is no way that such a high pile of individual items is properly secured by ropes. It is also blocking the driver's views.

They were driving down a major interstate highway, presumably at 65 mph or faster. As an aside, the rear license plate is completely covered, and as the article mentioned, the vehicle was not inspected.
You know this, or you just guessing from the picture? License plate, I grant you. Visibility? Take another look. Properly secured? Need to be there.
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:02 AM
 
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You know this, or you just guessing from the picture? License plate, I grant you. Visibility? Take another look. Properly secured? Need to be there.
Another article quoted the state trooper as saying that visibility was impaired. There is a hand truck on the driver's side, stuff covering the rear window, and an extension ladder along the right side windows.

Again, there are items that are clearly completely loose. Every item in the wheeled cart on the back is just sitting there. And, I do not believe that loose items piled so high that they double the height of the vehicle can safely withstand shear forces unless they were truly expertly secured, which does not appear to be the case. The police seem to agree. (And according to the WMUR initial article, as the trooper and tow truck were escorting the van off the highway, an item fell off. Interestingly the load was apparently secured with electrical cords and rope.)

I am curious - if you found yourself driving behind this van on I-93, would you change lanes?
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Pembroke NH
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Evidently the persons yard looks like this van does.

NH man with overloaded minivan also subject of 'many' complaints in Belmont | NH1

There is obviously some sort of mental illness going on here, he is probably a hoarder
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:04 AM
 
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Evidently the persons yard looks like this van does.

NH man with overloaded minivan also subject of 'many' complaints in Belmont | NH1

There is obviously some sort of mental illness going on here, he is probably a hoarder
As crazy as the initial story seemed, I feel bad for this guy. I don't see why the media needed this follow-up story (particularly about his yard and complaints related to that), basically shaming him.
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Pembroke NH
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As crazy as the initial story seemed, I feel bad for this guy. I don't see why the media needed this follow-up story (particularly about his yard and complaints related to that), basically shaming him.
Maybe he'll clean up his yard now.
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