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Don’t Mess With Texas® Uses “Trashy” Song to Combat State Litter Problem

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AUSTIN (KYTX) — Country music star Jack Ingram is lending his singing voice to this summer’s Don’t mess with Texas litter prevention campaign with music written by songwriting legend Todd Snider. Ingram joins Grammy-winning Tejano performer Sunny Sauceda and country music favorite Kevin Fowler to remind Texans to drop their snack food wrappers and cigarette butts in trash cans, not along the state’s highways.


Ingram’s toe-tapping 60-second jingle comes via a partnership between Triple 8 Management and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Triple 8 Management, which represents Ingram and Fowler, also is donating free tickets to Kevin Fowler’s and Jack Ingram’s upcoming summer concerts and making them available to fans through contests held on the Don’t mess with Texas Facebook page. [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dont-Mess-with-Texas-Program/8635676303?fref=ts]

“The music industry has a long history of supporting Don’t mess with Texas,” said Sarah Polidore, Manager at Triple 8 Management. “These artists are proud to join the likes of George Strait, Lyle Lovett and Stevie Ray Vaughan to help keep our great state litter free.”

Trash is a big problem in Texas — an estimated 500 million pieces of litter accumulate every year along state-maintained highways. Researchers say about one-third of Texans — particularly young adults between the ages of 16 and 34 — admit to littering. Among the most common litter found during roadside cleanups are fast-food packaging, cigarette butts, candy wrappers, and plastic bags.

“We’re proud to have such a popular musician as Jack Ingram partner with us in our fight against litter,” said TxDOT Executive Director Lt Gen J.F. Weber, USMC (Ret). “His song not only will remind people that littering is unsightly, but also against the law. We welcome Jack to our long line of celebrities who proudly remind you, Don’t mess with Texas.”

Tossing out a cigarette butt, soda can, or any other form of litter on the highway can lead to a fine as high as $500 for the first offense. Get caught more than once and the penalty can go up to a $2,000 fine and 180 days in jail.

For more information on the award-winning Don’t mess with Texas campaign, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

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