Caltrans and CHP Litter Cleanup Campaign
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has recently announced their upcoming joint litter cleanup campaign with the California Highway Patrol (CHP). According to Caltrans, they’re initiating a statewide effort to resume litter removal off of state highways.
Apparently, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in California in March, roadside litter cleanup has been limited. Litter on and beside the roadways presents a variety of problems for commuters, wildlife, waterways and the environment as a whole, so Caltrans maintenance workers are getting ready to start cleaning up roadways again.
Caltrans Calls on Motorists to Help Keep Roadways Clean
Caltrans is calling on motorists to do their part in keeping roadways clean. Loose cargo and garbage create unnecessary hazards in the road. Additionally, lit cigarettes flicked from vehicles are a common cause for fires. Listed below are some tips for motorists to help keep roadways in California clean.
Caltrans’ Tips For Motorists
- Stow a litterbag in your vehicle, and always dispose of trash properly.
- Properly extinguish cigarettes and cigars and never thrown any item, especially one that is lit, from a vehicle.
- Always cover and properly secure cargo and materials being hauled in passenger trucks, pickup trucks and trailers.
- Volunteer to adopt a California highway and remove litter.
During this time, the CHP will be stepping up their enforcement efforts. Last year, CHP officers issued more than 3,100 citations for littering, and about one-third of those citations involved a lit cigarette. Motorists caught littering, whether flicking a cigarette or losing unsecured cargo from their truck bed, can expect to get ticketed.
Car Accidents Caused by Litter in The Road
Last year, Caltrans collected 287,000 cubic yards of litter, which is enough to fill 18,000 garbage trucks. Litter and fallen cargo can turn an otherwise safe stretch of roadway into a minefield of hazards. Nobody should have to navigate around garbage or other loose items. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.