Due to the efforts of ordinary citizens
CALLING THE HOTLINE,
letters of warning will have been
ou never know who is watching
registered owner of the vehicle regarding the
the Arkansas State Highway and
on December 14th of 2004, due to an escalating
you when you travel down the highway. That’s the beauty of
Transportation Department’s Litter Hotline. Toss a cup or cigarette butt out the window onto the
roadway, and the next thing you know, you receive a letter of warning in the mail reminding you of the importance of not littering our roadways.
That’s how the Department’s Litter Reporting
Hotline works. It’s a 24-hour, toll-free hotline that any and all motorists can call when they
spot a littering violation along any street, road or
highway. Phone calls to 1-866-811-1222 to report littering are answered 24 hours a day by a call
center of the Arkansas Highway Police. A record of the incident is kept and a letter is sent to the
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The Litter Hotline was introduced to the public
litter problem along Arkansas’ highways. Over 60,000 cubic yards of litter are picked up each
year. The response to the Hotline was immediate and enthusiastic. And now, eight years later, the program has reached a milestone.
This year, due to the efforts of ordinary citizens
calling the Hotline, over 50,000 letters of warning will have been mailed directly to offenders over the past eight years.
Highway Police Chief Ron Burks states that “The
goal of the program is not to castigate the reported violators but to educate and hopefully gain future compliance with the State’s litter laws.”
mailed directly to offenders over the past eight years.
Published on May 13, 2013