A minivan has broken the internet this week in true holiday form after Massachusetts police took a photo of the iconic mommy-car being swallowed by a Christmas tree during a traffic stop.
In a Facebook post, Sudbury Police showed the world what happens when you poorly secure cargo on top of your vehicle- in this case, a Mazda minivan dwarfed by a monstrous Christmas tree atop the roof, with branches hanging down on all sides to the point of blocking windows and license plates.
While it is unknown if the suburbanite tree-hauler was cited for any offenses, the incident served as an opportunity for police to remind people to haul their trees with care.
“Sudbury PD would like to remind you to transport your Holiday trees responsibly,” the post read. “One of our Officer’s stopped this vehicle on Route 20 today!”
The image was posted on Black Friday, when the traffic stop took place. Being a relatively small city of 17,659 or so, it didn’t take long for the SPD to clear the image as a warning to other motorists.
On the same day, the AAA motor club posted an article reporting that around “20 million Americans who purchased a real Christmas tree in the last three years did not properly secure it to their vehicle, risking serious vehicle damage and dangerous road debris.”
Make that twenty-million-and-one.
On a safety note, items such as Christmas trees should be properly secured with netting and tie downs, with special consideration given to the risk of roll-over or wind effects during higher-speed transport.
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