“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Spearheads Initiative to Attack Roadside Litter”

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Sheriff Rick Clark will be leading an effort this week to address excessive litter thrown on Pickens County highways. The Sheriff’s Office is partnering with other agencies from local branches of government on February 14 -16, to fight the unsightly litter that has been thrown from vehicles that travel Pickens County roadways.

Sentenced inmates assigned to work crews from the Pickens County Prison and the Pickens County Roads & Bridges Department will be tasked with working alongside members from the local SCDOT Office to collect trash on US123 from the city limits of Easley to the city limits of Clemson.

Sheriff Clark stated…

“This is a cooperative effort between several entities to include county inmate litter crews supervised by staff from the Pickens County Roads & Bridges Department as well as the Pickens County Prison.  

The SCDOT has also generously agreed to provide support resources and the SC Highway Patrol will be on-hand to increase patrols along US 123. Law enforcement’s focus will be an increased emphasis on speed and other aggressive driving violations as the hazards and dangers associated with pedestrian litter crews increases.”

The SC Highway Patrol will also be assisting in the monitoring of traffic on US 123 during which time the speed limit will be strictly enforced. Digital information boards will be posted during the event to educate and remind drivers to slow down and watch for litter crews.

The public is being asked to honor a maximum speed limit of 55MPH while this work zone is in effect.  Crews will be deployed during the hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm during the three day initiative.

Sheriff Rick Clark and representatives from the above noted agencies will be available for interviews at 9:00am on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at a staging area located on US 123 just beyond the Hwy 93 bridge traveling towards Clemson from Easley. 

As a final request, Sheriff Rick Clark is encouraging individuals, groups or other organizations to consider participation in the “Adopt a Highway” program.

Additional Information can be obtained by contacting Palmetto Pride at 1-(877) PAL-PRDE (725-7733) or http://palmettopride.org/ or http://palmettopride.org/pickup/adopt-a-highway/.  Palmetto pride coordinates with your local SCDOT office.