After scary incident, Tampa area woman fights for safer roads

The internet is full of videos that show what can happen when drivers don’t secure their loads. Accidents happen, and sometimes, they can be deadly.

Drivers have to be ready to respond in an instant.

June Sharkey and her husband have taken dozens of pictures around the Bay area of bad loading jobs. He started after a scary incident on I-75 made June realize people drive like this all the time.

“A ladder came flying off his truck, and hit the car in front of me, and it did a left turn into the shoulder and missed me, but it could have gone through my windshield,” she said.

We found evidence of bad loading jobs within just a few minutes driving on 49th Street in Pinellas Park. A pothole, a fast turn or a gust of wind could send stuff into the road – or at someone else’s car.

Police also see unsecure loads every day. “Especially when they’re overloaded, too high, too wide, you see items shifting in the back. Certainly, you gotta wonder what’s going on,” Sgt. Mike Lynch of the Pinellas Park Police Department said.

June’s husband, Jerrold, thinks drivers with unsafe loads are an epidemic. “I think they should become more aware. The companies that send out the trucks that have open beds for individual businesses will secure their loads the way they’re supposed to,” Jerrold said.

Driving with unsecured loads can result in tickets or fines. It gets serious fast, as someone could be hurt or killed. “If I can save one person from having this incident, we’re going to do it,” June said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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