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Litter Continues To Pile Up On State's Roadways

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RALEIGH — North Carolina is known as the "Good RoadsState," but some people say the state's roadways are nothing but a trashymess.

Carl Davis, a street maintenance worker for the city of Raleigh, has dealtwith what people throw out for 11 years.He says the trash is getting worse and worse.

"By the time we walk down the street, aboutthe time when you look back, there'll be trashback out thereagain," he says. "You just can't get ahead, and you are never going to keep it clean anyway."

Benny Peterson, Davis' partner, also has all theroadway trash he can handle. He says some drivers are just plainrude.

"The only time you probably get frustratedis when you're walking along and just been alongthere, and you look back and somebody throw apaper out their car," he says. "You might get a little warmabout it, but you go ahead on."

More than 40,000 volunteers just participated in theDOT's annual "Litter Sweep," but many areasare still covered with garbage.

Motorists and pedestrians may report incidents of litter law violations tothe DOT by calling1-800-331-5864, mailing a complaint,ore-mailingSwat-A-Litterbug report cards.

Upon receipt of the completed report card, the Office of BeautificationPrograms will notify the owner that such a violation may involve a penaltyof $1,000.


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