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Littering in Texas

People often throw litter out of their windows while driving. Around 25 years ago, the Texas Highway Commission recognized that there was a very serious littering problem along Texas' roadways and decided to react to the problem in an even more serious manner by launching the, “Don't Mess With Texas” campaign. To this day, it is still a very popular and very serious campaign and slogan. Texas Defensive Driving School fully supports the Texas highway Commission in their efforts to stop littering in Texas!

“Don't Mess With Texas” is a public education campaign that informs both citizens and visitors of Texas of the importance of not littering. Every two years, the Don't Mess With Texas research team gathers as much litter as they can and conducts surveys from thousands of Texans to find out their littering behaviors. After this research, Don't Mess With Texas then comes up with ways to address littering that are specifically tailored to research.

Through the research, they found that although roadside litter has lessened, half of Texans still admit to littering, and that if every litterer in Texas would pick up just six pieces of trash every month, the highways would be clean.

Littering in Texas is against the law. When caught littering in Texas, an offender may be fined up to $500. If an offender repeats the offense, the fines may go up to as high as $2000 and 180 days in jail.

So the next time you're driving in Texas and doing something that produces trash like eating or smoking tobacco put the trash in your bag or purse. Keep it until you find a trashcan. Its better then littering and getting fined or jail time for it. If you see a litterer and would like to report them, there's a page on the DMWT site specifically for that: http://dontmesswithtexas.org/report-a-litterer/

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