GOVERNOR TAFT DESIGNATES APRIL 26 AS MOTORIST AWARENESS DAY AND|
URGES TRAVELERS TO KEEP OHIO ROADWAYS CLEAN
COLUMBUS, OH -- Governor Bob Taft has officially designated
Saturday, April 26 as Motorist Awareness Day, a 24-hour litter prevention
campaign that encourages Ohio motorists to dispose of their trash properly,
according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Participating Ohio fast food restaurants, banks, car washes and
service stations will distribute car litter bags to customers that day in an
effort to encourage proper trash disposal. The goal of the campaign, which
was developed by the ODNR Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention, is to
educate the public about the harmful impact of roadside littering on
"Motorists are one of the primary sources of litter in our state,"
said Ron Kolbash, chief of the Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention.
"Motorist Awareness Day is a great way to remind Ohioans how easy it is to
keep our state clean and beautiful simply by throwing trash into a litter
bag and not out the car window."
According to Kolbash, local recycling, litter prevention and
beautification programs have partnered with more than 500 businesses across
the state for this year's campaign. Last year, more than 280 businesses
distributed thousands of car litter bags to travelers.
Motorist Awareness Day is part of "Plant Pride, Not Litter" Month,
celebrated each April in Ohio.