Nearly 20 vehicles were stopped in a two-hour period Saturday by Washington County Sheriff's deputies for not covering "loose material" that could spill onto the road.
Nineteen stops were made for "loose-load" violations, according to a press release. Most drivers were given written warnings for not covering materials they were hauling. Police said $80 fines also are an option.
Most of the violations were from pickup trucks and small utility trailers not being covered, police said.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office conducted the "loose-load" enforcement Saturday after receiving complaints from homeowners, primarily along U.S. 40, that trash was blowing out of vehicles driving to the landfill and onto the road.
Police said Saturday's patrols will not be the last, and there are plans for more random, frequent targeting of such violations.