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Help eliminate litter, distracted driving

  • Harry Williams

Litter is blight on our community. Its presence reflects negatively on all of us even when it comes from the visitors who pass through our city every day.

Litter is also a waste of taxpayers’ money as our Public Works Department continuously strives to keep our streets clean. Litter is also a threat to our environment as toxic elements seep into our soil and our waters, affecting wildlife and game.

These are all good reasons to eliminate litter and our Youth Council has tackled this issue during the past several months and on Feb. 8 passed their first resolution to be sent to the City Council.

This resolution, which will be introduced at the City Council meeting Feb. 16, asks for the following actions:

1. Enact a Hardeeville Community Awareness Day, including a social media campaign with an anti-littering logo.

2. Increase police enforcement of littering laws.

3. Hold school assemblies to increase awareness and participation.

4. Post anti-littering billboards.

The Youth Council also unveiled some ideas for slogans and logos that will be sent to the City Council for approval.

With the adoption of an anti-littering campaign it is our hope that our city and the entire region of the Lowcountry will join Hardeeville in a unified effort to stop littering and create a culture that frowns on littering. Look for this campaign to begin this spring.

Our Youth Council has also been tackling the issue of distracted driving and passed their second resolution to raise awareness and cooperation to eliminate this deadly practice.

Most or all of us have been guilty of texting, reading emails or talking distractedly on the phone.

Ever see someone going slow in the lefthand lane, using their phone, unaware of traffic weaving around them? Distracted driving such as this is the cause of many potentially deadly accidents.

Loss of life and property are suffered every day in our region due to this increasingly dangerous situation.

The ordinance calls for the following actions:

1. Ask state lawmakers to raise the penalties.

2. Create a slogan for a social media campaign.

3. Increase police enforcement.

4. Hold school assemblies.

5. Post billboards.

Several outstanding slogans and accompanying graphics were introduced. All were so good that our Police Chief Sam Woodward suggested that we use them all in this campaign.

As with littering, distracted driving is a social issue that affects all ages.

We can solve these problems if we all participate in the solution. We need everyone’s help if we are to keep our region beautiful and our loved ones safe from harm on our roadways.

Please join our Youth Council and our City Council in our commitment to eliminate litter and distracted driving in our city, our county, and region. Don’t be part of the problem, be a part of the solution.

Harry Williams is the mayor of Hardeeville.

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