TxDOT to kick off "Don’t mess with Texas" campaign


POSTED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 9:56am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 9:58am

TxDOT will kick off "Don’t mess with Texas," the state's annual anti-litter campaign.

This year, the state's most well-known public service campaign is getting a makeover and has been re-tooled to appeal to young adults between 16 and 3.

In the coming months, hundreds of such barrels will appear at the state's travel information centers, popular tourist attractions, sports venues, and other high traffic locations to remind drivers to properly dispose of the millions of pieces of litter that are now being tossed from vehicles onto Texas highways.

Texas is home to more than 25 million people, and an estimated 1,000 people move into the state every day. They may not realize that littering is against state law, and violators can be fined up to $500 for the first offense. Repeat offenders can face fines of up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail.

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