3 out of 4 Georgia drivers say they have witnessed someone throw something out their window. They believe the reason why people do this is because they feel its easier than saving trash to discard later. However, you could be doing a disservice since littering fines could make you pay up to $1,000.
That's just small fraction of what the state pays to clean highways. More than $12,000,000 were funded for the annual pick up, and that number could increase by 20% with each passing year as more people travel our roads. In our district alone, made up of 32 counties, local GDOT crews collected over 8,000 bags in less than a week.
GDOT District Communications Officer, Nita Birmingham, feels the amount of litter her crews pick up is shocking. She hopes this week drivers take notice that this is a problem.
"You might have the attitude, 'oh its just one can,' but if you have multiple, multiple people throwing out can it accumulates, it accumulates fast so that's what we are trying to avoid," Birmingham said.
A lot of the items they clean up come from trucks hauling loads, she recommends tying things down and putting a tarp over the bed.
GDOT will be out this all week so drivers be mindful if you want to avoid joining crews in pick up or pay a hefty fine.