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Q: Should I contest citation of PA 4903 B: improperly securing a load

I was cited for violating PA 4903 B. I was carrying drywall on my roofrack and the load WAS securely fixed with multiple bungie cords so as not to move or lift. During transport one cord failed (snapped in half, still in my possession) causing the drywall to crack. A piece hit another driver's headlight, which I have agreed to replace. Am I liable for "driving the above vehicle failing to properly secure drywall to the roof of the vehicle"? Should I have anticipated that the method of securing would or could likely fail? Or does failure automatically count as an offense?

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: You can contest it especially if you have the package it came with or can get one (not a photo on a phone--that isn't as convincing as the real thing) and that package shows it being used for that. Your argument is that you relied on that as a secure load.

(however look at the package --it may say "not to be used for loads exceeding....")

Between us, even ropes stretch a little. A bungee is asking for trouble. Never again!

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