Spring Break is over. It’s an over-generalization but it seems that the older you are, the less likely you are to go on “vacation” during Spring Break. Come see the results of the survey by Geography 325 on display in East Tower 2.
But spring does present us with many opportunities. One is the annual TRASH BASH held by the Indiana Department of Transportation. See TRASH BASH: http://www.in.gov/indot/2596.htm
I happen to reside on one of Indiana’s state highways so I am personally knowledgeable about the amount of trash that ends up on the sides of our roads. In 2013, for example, clean-up crews collected 20,678 bags of trash and 1,256 cubic yards of loose debris from 3,417 miles of state highways and rights-of-way. More than 1,600 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers logged 6,616 hours in this effort, along with additional hours by INDOT and DOC crews. The cost savings for Indiana taxpayers for these Adopt-A-Highway volunteers totaled more than $98,000.
As a child I recall being told “DON’T BE A LITTERBUG!” For the Litterbuy history see http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Internet/pdKids.nsf/HistoryofLitterBugandPennDOT?OpenForm But perhaps more of a memory was the legislation during the 1960’s to “beautify” our highways. It’s a good rule so remember… don’t litter and if something blows out of your vehicle…stop and pick it up. Everyone will appreciate it.
In announcing an America the Beautiful initiative in January 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson (D) said: “I want to make sure that the America we see from these major highways is a beautiful America.” The cornerstone of the initiative would be the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, which called for control of outdoor advertising, including removal of certain types of signs, along the Nation’s growing Interstate System and the existing Federal-aid primary system. It also required certain junkyards along Interstate or primary highways to be removed or screened and encouraged scenic enhancement and roadside development.