PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An investigation has found that the number of drivers cited for carrying unsecured loads has more than doubled in Rhode Island over four years.

WPRI-TV ( ) reports that information from the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal shows 135 people were cited last year, up from 62 violations in 2011.

Drivers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are required by law to secure loose cargo with a cover and straps. The penalty for a first offense in Rhode Island is a $100 fine. Subsequent offenses can result in fines of up to $500.

State police say drivers should keep a full car length between their cars and other vehicles to protect themselves from the threat of road debris.

Information from: WPRI-TV,

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