Reidsville police cracking down on littering

REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- Reidsville police Lt. Chuck Evitt likes what he sees along Vance Street.

"Here in Reidsville we have a beautiful city and want to keep it that way," Evitt said.

Not long ago, Vance Street had a different look.

"What we are seeing is a lot of paper trash, wrappers from restaurants, paper cups, things of that nature," Evitt said.

To prevent trash from taking over Vance Street and South Park Drive, the Reidsville Appearance Commission turned to the police for help.

"What we want to do is to join them in their efforts to prevent littering," Evitt said.

So the police department created litter enforcement zones along the two streets. Officers will stop people that litter and write tickets. They are hoping their patrols will get people to change their bad habits.

"Make sure if you have any loose paper in your car, make sure it's secure," Evitt said. "Check the bed of your truck for loose items that could blow out."

Reidsville police will continue their enforcement campaign until the end of November. The department will review their work to see if additional litter enforcement zones are needed. Littering carries a fine up to $2,000 and 100 hours of community service.