Don't Forget You Can Rat Out Drivers Who Throw Trash From Their Window
There's millions of cigarette butts out there.
Are you the type of driver who gets pissed when you see someone ahead of you toss a fast-food wrapper out of his or her window onto the roadway? If you're trash-averse and want to help the Texas Department of Transportation create a catalog of offenders, then you're in luck.
Local Redditors shared a link to a website TxDot set up that allows you to input the information for drivers you see tossing trash. We're not sure how safe it is to take all the info they're looking for while you're driving as well, but it's a good way to teach a lesson to some annoying litterbug messing up our roads.
A TxDot study shows that more than 434 million pieces of trash were visible on Texas highways last year, and 31 percent of that was cigarette butts. If you want to get back at those cigarette-butt-tossing folk, now you have the power to rat them out.
The web form isn't that new, however. According to TxDot, it's been around since at least the mid-2000s, and its predecessor was a toll-free number set up in 1994 that offered the same "reminder" about littering.
When you see litter thrown or flying out of a vehicle, intentionally or accidentally, take down the following information--license plate number, make and color of vehicle, date and time, location, who tossed the litter, and what was tossed. Now fill in below; be as accurate as possible and submit:
So, what do they do with the info? Will the offender go to jail for a day? Pay a big fine? No, they'll get a souvenir to mark their transgression.
TxDOT compares the information through the Department of Motor Vehicles registration database, and when an exact match is located, we send the litterer a Don't mess with Texas litterbag along with a letter reminding them to keep their trash off of our roads. And you can feel good about doing something to clean up our beloved Lone Star State.
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