McCrory helps kick off statewide anti-litter campaign
Posted March 10, 2014
Morrisville, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory joined officials with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety on Monday to kick off a new statewide anti-litter campaign called "Litter Free N.C." that will raise awareness of littering in the Tar Heel state and crack down on offenders.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation spent more than $16 million in tax money last year to pick up and remove approximately 7 million pounds of roadside litter, DPS says.
Litter is not only an eyesore, but it puts motorists at risk, harms wildlife and their habitats and pollutes the environment, McCrory said.
"North Carolina has one of the most beautiful, diverse landscapes in the nation," he added. "From the mountains to the coast, we take pride in the health and beauty of our state. Litter Free N.C. is not only going to help us preserve North Carolina's natural beauty but also prevent hazards that pose a risk to travelers, wildlife and their habitats."
In 2013, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol cited 497 drivers for littering.
"Law enforcement can't do it by themselves," patrol spokesman 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon said. "So, if you happen to see someone who is out there littering, pick up your cellphone and call *47."