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Ontario driver charged after mattress secured to roof of car with bedsheet

A photo of the vehicle with two mattresses secured by a bedsheet. Provided / Ontario Provincial Police

The Ontario Provincial Police have issued a stern reminder for insecure loads after a driver was caught travelling with two mattresses on the roof of his car, attached by a fitted bedsheet.

“If the sheet fits… you still might not want to use it,” OPP tweeted.

“Please use your head when transporting your bed.”

OPP Const. Ian Michel told Global News that it was around 7:15 a.m. on Thursday when officers stopped the vehicle at Mayfield Road, just east of Highway 410, in Caledon.

Michel said the driver of the black sedan relied on his friends to secure the mattress by getting the passenger in the front seat to hold one end of the bedsheet and the backseat passenger to hold the other end.

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“To make it easier to hold, the one passenger actually put a ball into the sheet so they could hold above it,” Michel said.

Once they were pulled over, Michel said the driver was told to make proper arrangements to have the mattresses moved.

Subsequently, a friend with a van showed up to transport the mattresses, Michel said.

“We post and tell people all the time about the dangers of insecure loads yet people still continue to surprise us by cutting corners and putting the lives of others at risk,” Michel told Global News.

The driver, a 25-year-old man from Brampton, was charged with the offence of Insecure Load under the Highway Traffic Act which carries a fine of $160 and no demerit points.

A photo of the vehicle with two mattresses secured by a bedsheet. Provided / Ontario Provincial Police

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