Wyoming Highway Patrol reminds drivers not to move vehicles in U-Haul trucks

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Wyoming Highway Patrol warns drivers that if they attempt to transport a vehicle by putting it inside a larger U-Haul truck like some kind of automotive nesting doll, they could end up with a ticket – or even accused of a crime.

A series of photos from Washington state show a U-Haul truck, its back door open, carrying a vehicle that extends beyond the end of the U-Haul. The transported vehicle is held in place by a packing strap.

As the photos went viral this week on Twitter, WHP Sgt. Jeremy Beck tried to discourage spring movers in Wyoming from trying something similar.

“I don’t know the circumstances behind the photos, but I will say that just because you can put a vehicle on a trailer or in the back of a truck doesn’t mean you should,” Beck told the Cowboy State Daily Wednesday. .

According to KKTV in Washington, the driver was arrested this week in central Washington after several other people reported a car snagged in the back of a U-Haul moving truck.

The driver apparently had a suspended license and the U-Haul truck was “long” late for the return trip, according to KKTV. The driver was issued a $139 ticket for the unsafe load.

Beck noted that if someone did the same thing on Wyoming roads, they could also be charged with having an unsecured load.

“It becomes a hazard for you because if the vehicle is not designed to carry that much weight, it can cause you to lose control of the vehicle on highways or highways,” he said. “In addition, it could break loose and end up in traffic lanes, which could cause a collision. You might also be charged for this.

The sergeant added that soldiers in Wyoming see dangerous situations on the highway every day and if they see an unsecured load, they will contact the driver to ensure everyone’s safety.

“Just make sure before you go out and tow a vehicle that the trailer or vehicle you’re using to tow something is equipped to do so and make sure it’s securely attached so it doesn’t become a hazard. for anyone on the road,” Beck said.

U-Haul did not immediately return Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment on Wednesday.

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