Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
A line forms as police check loads Tuesday afternoon.
THUNDER BAY -- People heading to the dump this week are being reminded to secure their loads.
Tipping fees at the landfill site are being waived until May 11, meaning thousands of vehicles will head out to Mapleward Road to take advantage this week.
But when they get to the dump, police will be there to make sure loads are secure, otherwise drivers will face a $160 fine.
"We're going to try and spend as much time as we possibly can out here," Thunder Bay Police Service traffic Sgt. Glenn Porter said Tuesday afternoon.
"It's worth your while to take that ten minutes and tie it down and cover it up."
That's a message Porter thinks people in the city are starting to get. Now in their sixth year, police used to hand out around 30 tickets per day during the free week seeing all kinds of non-secure loads.
"Things that just defy common sense," Porter said.
But this year the number has dropped to around a dozen tickets a day so far.
"Those (days) are gone so it is working," he said.