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NO More Butts

July 10, 2010 - Heather Ziegler

Thanks to prisoners at the local jail, some of our highways are cleaner. For months I have watched the steady progression of cigarette butts pile up along the W.Va. 2 interchange next to the medical helicopter landing pad in Center Wheeling. At first I thought it was leftover salt and cinders from winter until I drove up closer. It was layers, several inches deep of cigarette butts. It looks like people were actually emptying their car ashtrays there. Maybe it's just that at intersections when vehicles are stopped, smokers feel more inclined to throw out their cigs and cigars. I just appreciate that now we do not t look like the Appalachia we are often depicted on tv. I saw prisoners in orange jumpsuits cleaning up along W.Va. 2 recently so I guess they did this area as well. If you ride a bicycle or motorcycle, you often are at the mercy of lit cigarettes flying out of a passing vehicle. It's not funny and as dry as our area has been, it's a fire danger as well. I thought it was considered littering when people throw cigarettes, or anything for that matter, from their vehicles.   


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