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If we've learned anything from A Christmas Story, you find "the Christmas tree emporium of the Midwest," avoid the balsas, bargain like an Arab trader, and get the salesman to throw in some rope and tie it to your car for you. But police in Sudbury, Massachusetts pulled over a driver who may have taken that advice a little too far.
In that case, a single tree seemed to swallow a minivan whole. But how do you transport a Christmas tree, legally?
"Sudbury PD would like to remind you to transport your Holiday trees responsibly," the department's Facebook post admonished:
Fortunately for the family inside, the driver was only given a warning, in "the spirit of the holidays," according to Police Chief Scott Nix. In fact, the officer didn't even make the family trim the tree -- he apparently helped secure the tree more safely, even adding some caution tape.
"Make It More Manageable"
For those driving home without the aid of a law enforcement officer, Cars.com has some additional pieces of advice for keeping Christmas tree transport safe and legal:
We should add that you should keep the windshield, side, and rear windows clear of any foliage -- most state traffic laws require full visibility of the car's surroundings.
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