California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Contact: Public Information Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans Asks Motorists to Help Keep Our San Diego Clean and Beautiful

SAN DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) along with other state and county officials spoke Thursday morning about the cost impact and safety hazards litter presents on area highways. The public was asked to join in the effort to “Help Keep Our San Diego Clean and Beautiful.”

Featured speakers at the Caltrans Annual Litter Cleanup Day event were Caltrans District 11 Director Laurie Berman, California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Art Athans, San Diego County Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins, California Conservational Corps Conservationist I Ricky Osuna and I Love A Clean San Diego Executive Director Pauline Martinson.

Caltrans litter crews were expected to pick up more than 1,500 bags of litter on the special day.

“Taxpayers last year shelled out more than $2 million for litter removal in San Diego County,” said District 11 Director Laurie Berman. “That’s a lot of money that would be better spent on improvements such as road repairs and replacing guardrail, signs and lighting.”

Litter crews collected enough orange trash bags to set in a line 30 miles long – 110,000 bags worth last year. Much of the litter comes from motorists carelessly tossing trash from their vehicles windows or as a result of unsecured loads that have fallen off the back of trucks.

Berman asked motorists to keep trash bags handy in their vehicles to dispose of litter and to secure their loads.  She also urged the public to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program or take out a Caltrans One-Day Permit to remove highway litter.

More information can be found at the Caltrans website at www.dot.ca.gov/dist11 or by calling the Caltrans Public Information Office at (619) 688-6670.

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