What’s bugging you? Accident debris - FOX 35 News Orlando

What’s bugging you? Accident debris

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Louis wrote us on Facebook to say he's constantly trying to avoid or getting hit by debris like glass or plastic.

Whose responsibility it is to clean it up depends on where the road is and what jurisdiction it's in.

Giant dumpsters at the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) south Orlando maintenance yard get filled with anything and everything left on the side of the road, from shopping carts to mattresses and even left-handed set of golf clubs.

"It's not just things from a wreck," FDOT spokesperson Steve Olson says. "Things fall off people's trucks and blow off people's cars and end up with a real curious assortment of stuff."

But when it comes to cleaning up after a crash, Olson says it's usually up to those on the scene of the accident.

"Ideally, you want everything cleaned up at the scene of the accident right when the tow truck operators come in and clean up the wreck," Olson says. "[They] should be taking away the bumpers, the hub caps, and any of that glass or anything else that's left behind."

If not, who's responsible? It depends on where the road is. It could be the local city or county. FDOT does have crews patrolling for debris. Or it could be a private company contracted to clean up the roadsides, even prisoners.

No matter who picks it up, there will always be a never ending supply of junk on the roads.

If you do see some debris on the road, call law enforcement and report it. They can send out the right agency like the road rangers, FDOT, or the local government responsible for cleaning up that section of road.

If you're on a state road or interstate, you can always dial *FHP to report anything left on the side of the road.

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