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Police give advice on roadway debris

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Imagine driving down the road and a sofa falls off the car in front of you and you're starting at a major wreck.

Police said they deal with debris on the road quite often.

"It's quite often we go out for debris in road. Whether that be tires from semis, pieces of furniture or many other lawn items or things of that nature," Michigan State Police Trooper Neil Somers said.

He said debris on the roadway can cause a very dangerous situation for drivers.

"We find it causes a lot of accidents. People striking it causing damage to their vehicles, people swerving to avoid it, hitting other vehicles or running off the road," Somers said.

Last week police responded to a wheel barrow sitting in the middle of the Zilwaukee Bridge and Monday morning a couch was reported in the middle of a road in Flint.

Not only do debris on the road cause a huge hazard for drivers, but if you're caught dumping something on the road and don't take care of it, you could face a penalty.

"There is a civil infraction caused by an unsecured load. If something were to come off their vehicle or was hanging off, they could be found responsible for that," Somers said.

Police said drivers should allow more space between them and the car in front of them to prevent accidents from big pieces of debris.

"Often times drivers are not allowing enough distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them. They can't see and avoid items. If something falls off when a vehicle changes lanes they do not have the time," Somers said.

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