Actually, I never really have the urge to litter, but it seems a lot of people can't fight the impulse to barf their garbage out the car window. This became very clear a few weeks ago when I started to observe a lot of roadside litter on my 15-mile commute into town. It just suddenly popped up. I hadn't taken particular notice before. Maybe it's the later sunsets allowing me to see real actual daylight while I drive. Or maybe they're just now cleaning all the debris from the ice storm back before Christmas. Or perhaps the bright green blades of sprouting grass provide more contrast between beer cans and nature.
Anyway, on Saturday while I was driving up and down scenic highway 11 hunting suitable street luge locations, I saw dozens of orange-clad litter collectors walking along the grassy shoulders. I thought they were a little insane to be ambling along a road that I routinely travel 20-30 mph above the posted limit. Then to my near astonishment, while coming back from Greenville that evening, I saw that the same people had made it to many other roadways. You could tell because there were hundreds of orange garbage bags on the roadside.
Based on my sample observations, the total square mileage of decontaminated road must be enormous. Either it was a large effort by many people or an inspired effort by a few (or I just happened to hit the only roads they cleaned). What's odd is that Earth day is about a month away and Saturday is a strange time for minors in possession and reckless drivers to be doing their community service en masse. What's the deal? Church group? Doc Brown actually created "Mr Fusion - Home Energy Reactor" for the DeLorean? Actually, I don't really care, it was just nice to see a clean road today.
I wonder how long it will last. I also wonder if the broken window theory applies here. Aside from looking nicer (and, yeah, I really did notice it), could the relatively small task of keeping the roads clean of litter have a larger effect on, say, drunk driving or speeding or ... future littering? Maybe removing litter is worth a lot more than just looking clean.
Either way, Thanks superhuman- roadside- litter- removal- people.