The Adopt-A-Highway program got its start 30 years ago on a rather remote
stretch of highway in east Texas.
Local Texas Department of Transportation officials became concerned about
the trash alongside roadways in The Lone Star State, but the agency lacked
the funds to take any action. Engineer James Evan asked community groups
to assume the responsibility for trash pickup. The program quickly spread
to other states in the Union, and even Japan, Canada and New Zealand.
Adopt-A-Highway program, also known as the Sponsor-A-Highway program in some places, also served
as partial inspiration for a very good
Seinfeld episode. Kramer had the best of intentions when he adopted a stretch of
roadway near New York City, but he may have exceeded his authority when
he repainted the lane stripes. The confusion led to. . .well, it may be
easier if you
just watch the clip.
After viewing the clip, it seems apparent that Elaine could have been charged
with reckless driving under
VC 23103, because she did, in effect, begin the chain of events which ended with
Newman narrowly escaping a fiery death. But, according to the statute,
the driver must display a "willful or wanton disregard for the safety
of persons or property." Although she arguably could have seen the
sewing machine fall out of the trunk, the incident was at night. At any
rate, the ensuing fireball was only foreseeable on a show like
Just because you received a traffic ticket in Kern County and there are
some facts against you does not mean that you are guilty. An experienced
attorney can find legal or factual defenses you may have missed, and get
the ticket thrown out or at least get the penalty reduced.