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State Kick-off Litter Free NC: Troopers Vow to Keep Highways Clean

RALEIGH, N.C. : March 7, 2014 - The Department of Public Safety and State Highway Patrol announce a “Litter Free NC,” a statewide anti-litter campaign.
The campaign’s primary purpose will be to educate the public and generate awareness about the effects of litter in hopes of reducing the amount of litter in our state. The Litter Free NC campaign will be an on-going initiative; however, a heavy educational and enforcement program will be conducted during the week of March 10 – 17.
Troopers across the state will be diligently looking for those violators who choose to carelessly throw and scatter litter, as well as, those who fail to properly secure their loads.
Each day across the U.S. and North Carolina, thousands of cigarette butts, soda cans, coffee cups, beer bottles, plastic bags, and gum wrappers are intentionally thrown out a vehicle’s window. More importantly, unsecured loads result in numerous trash items being scattered onto highways. Not only is this an eyesore but it can also be a danger to the motoring public.
In 2013, the State Highway Patrol cited 497 drivers for littering and 545 drives for unsecured loads.
Here are some startling facts….
• Plastic bags can last up to 1,000 years in a landfill and a glass bottle – one million years
• Last year, United States taxpayers spent nearly $11 billion cleaning up litter across the US
• One mile of highway contains approximately 16,000 pieces of litter
• In 2012, North Carolina taxpayers spent $16.1 million in removing over 325,000 bags of roadside litter
To announce this campaign, a media event will be held on Monday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at the I-40 Old Reedy Creek Road Overpass in Wake County. Secretary Frank L. Perry of the Department of Public Safety, and Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol will speak at the event.
Source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety.