MARYLAND MAN AMAZED, ANGERED BY PILES OF BEER CANS LITTERING ROADSIDES: RECYCLING PROJECT BECOMES SURVEY OF DRINKING AND DRIVING

Dennis Brezina started collecting cans for recycling to benefit a local homeless shelter and what he discovered amazes and angers him. He began by picking up cans on the way to the post office and was amazed at the number of beer cans on what he now calls "beer can alley". His project has turned into a quest of sorts to see how many motorists consume alcohol while they drive. He patterned his survey after the Audubon Society's bird nesting surveys and now regularly patrols roads in about 320 sq mi of Maryland and Delaware, visiting selected sites one or more times every two to three weeks. Thus far this year he's gathered more than 7,100 cans (only about 10% are soda cans). He plans to continue his survey for about two years and to create a newsletter and Internet web page to share his information and connect with other people who may be doing the same thing. He also wants to attract the attention of Maryland government officials and hopes something good will come of his efforts.

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  • Accession Number: 00724890
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 150
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 16 1996 12:00AM