CHICAGO (CBS) — Think about this before you toss trash out of your car window in Illinois – the Illinois Department of Transportation says taxpayers shell out more than $6 million per year to clean up garbage on state highways.
IDOT said that money could pay for resurfacing 30 miles of road, or 40 maintenance trucks that could double as snow plows.READ MORE: At Least 24 People Shot, 3 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
Littering carries a fine of up to $15,000, and other penalties. Violators could wind up picking up highway trash for 30 days.READ MORE: MISSING: Matthew La Luz, 32, Last Seen In Rogers Park, May Need Serious Medical Attention
Meanwhile, IDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway Program is gearing back up.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Spotty Showers Sunday Night, Monday
You can volunteer to adopt parts of non-interstate highways and make sure they’re kept clean.