Legislative Bill Seeks to Help with Road Cleanup

Legislative Bill Seeks to Help with Road Cleanup

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Since prison crews can no longer be used to clean litter off Utah highways, the state is looking to advertising to help with about $2 million in cleanup work each year.

The Department of Transportation says money from a bill that would increase the fine for littering and dropping an unsecured load on the highway could also be used to pay for cleanup. The bill is being sponsored by Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay.

Last month, the Utah Department of Corrections pulled prison inmates from doing roadway cleanup, citing examples of inmates becoming intoxicated on the job and attempting to escape.

New fees would be put into a fund to pay for an educational campaign, and to help with cleanup costs, according to the draft legislation.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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