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 (Magic Valley) There are an average of 800 alcohol containers per mile along Idaho roads 58 More: Obvious
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That's it?

Sorry

full or empty?

I was born in Idaho and I can vouch for that

Come to Maryland. There's about as much alcohol bottles as there are heroin needles. Nothing like a bunch of kids with nothing better to do.

Drink on!

There are an average of 800 alcohol containers per mile along Idaho roads, and proving that a lot of the people who tell you they like the taste of beer are bullshiatting you, most of the beer cans aren't empty.

I've got that many in my trash can.....

I routinely see people driving in redneck areas of Calif with a beer bottle in one hand an another on the wheel. Kind of disconcerting since we're heading at each other at 80 mph.

sounds like my backyard, just change 'mile' to 'acre'

What else is there to do in Idaho?

Idaho?
Whodaho?
Youdaho!

/lame joke

Sounds like entrepeneural employment for those who need it-

There are an average of 800 alcohol containers per mile along Idaho roads and mostly they are moving at 60-80 mph. The relevant stat here would be how many are OUTSIDE the vehicles...

I counted 11 bottles of urine driving down from Berkeley to Los Angeles.

I was born in Idaho and I can vouch for that

Idaho suds??

/got nothin

Well you can't keep empty beer cans in your car, where else to put them but the side of the road?

One mile = 5,280 feet.

One bottle = 3-4 inches wide, 10 inches tall (estimation)

Statistical likelyhood that bottle will be facing one direction or another = perfectly equal (estimation)

Average amount of space taken in a certain direction = 6.75 inches

Amount of space taken up by 800 bottles in a mile = 450 feet

Percent of roadside occupied by bottles = 8.5%

* Since there are two different directions of the roadside for a given bottle to be in, this technically becomes 4.25% if you're only looking in a certain direction.

/stoned math

Somewhere in Idaho an indian is crying.

That's one "alcohol" containter every 6.6 feet. Not to mention all of the other containers and garbage.

I smell some bullshiat here, just about every 6.6 feet.

Didn't RTFA.

Interesting... I wonder how many I left behind through KS, MO, AR, IL, NE, IA and OK.

Looking for a solution to this problem? How about eliminating the stupid farking law that you cant have any alcoholic beverage containers in your car EVER, empty or full. If my passenger wants to have a few drinks, why can't he? Give the driver a breathalizer, leave passengers alone.

Pardon me for RTFA...

His Idaho finding of 800 containers per mile per year puts the state below the national average of 1,000 per mile. Idaho sits in a tie at 34th place with Arkansas, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon and West Virginia, with New Mexico having the highest number in Brezina's calculations.

I wonder what New Mexico's ratio is...

J-Rex: I followed your math perfectly, sir.

Did anybody RTFA? It says 800/mile is actually below average for the US.

about 25 percent of the bottles were from underage drinkers

Maybe I'm missing something, but how do they tell by just looking at the bottle?

dylanthomas

That would obviously bestow too much freedom to citizens.

That's one reason I like Oregon's bottle bill. The bottles magically pick themselves up. :)

Cool! Now I have something to tell that homeless guy who roots through our trash looking for cans and bottles to redeem for the 5 cent deposit. He should hitchhike over to Idaho and have them toss him off at any random stretch of highway, and he'll be set for life. One mile = 800 cans = 40 bucks. Geez, maybe I should go myself. I can walk a mile in 15 minutes. 40 bucks x 4 (15 minute segments per hour) x 8 hours = way more than I earn now at my pissant desk job.

/bored math

Hmm self funded travel across America... At that rate (assuming the MI return of 0.10) thats 80 bucks per mile? Shoot even if its .05 per can it seems interesting.

/cheapskate :)

That'll teach me to rtfa first. According to the article, Oregon is one of the worst. I wonder which roads that person travels on -- sure, there is miscellaneous fast food litter, but I don't notice that many bottles and cans, certainly not one every five feet.

Look at how these filthy lying buggers throw in the statement that it is likely highly correlated with illegal drug use and therefore suggests a deeper problem than teen drinking or driving under the influence.
Straight unadulterated, unsubstantiated drug war propoganda.

Jane, lets start walkin!

J-Rex - Interesting analysis, but it doesn't work. It's 800 per year, not 800 at any one time. It would be true, however, if there was no roadside pickup for an entire year.

California has rednecks? WTF???

Back in 1969, I went to the crawfish festival in Breaux Bridge, La. The town was shut down to traffic, but the main street was literally paved with beer cans. You couldn't see any concrete.

It was, like, awesome...

And then here in KY there's the Mountain Dew bottles. Thank God they're in such an EXTREME shade of green or else I'd not notice them as much. *sigh*

I'm into it PocketChange. It's like getting paid to exercise. 'Course, you gotta be careful not to get beaned in the head by the drunk-ass Ida-hoes who supply the source of our newfound revenue.

batcar01

I used to think there weren't any either, but then I went to the Del Mar Fair in San Diego.

County Fairs are prime grounds for seeing rednecks, I have no idea where they go after the fairs are gone.

I grew up in Wyoming. I like to drink on road trips. Farkers who can't find a farking garbage can can kiss my farking arse. Really folks, how lazy do you have to be. Quit farking up the nicest part of our nation.

/end of rant

Just moved from the midwest to Southern California. Just as many rednecks here as there were there. In Cali, they wear interesting and confusing disguises, but are rednecks just the same.

MASTER-
thats my point exactly. I would be more than happy to discard my used containers in the garbage, but if you run into officer law before you make it to the trash, well, then YOU go in the trash

Distance from Murray Id to Thompson Falls MT. Three beers going up the hill, six coming down the other side.

Ahhhhh.....

Scenic Idaho

I don't buy it. 1 mile = 3200M. 3200m/800 containers = 1 container per 4 meters. There's a lot of hardcore empty space in Idaho. I call schenanagens.

I've walked along Idaho roads with Mom collecting beer cans for recycling (and movie money, incidentally). I can vouch both for the presence of the beer cans/bottles and for the fact that many of them aren't empty.

*has seen many places where someone had to ditch a stash in a hurry*

uh, elen? A mile is a WHOLE lot closer to 1600 meters than 3200. Yikes.

But come to think of it, my 12-inch penis and I like the way you do math.

Bah! I just returned from the Gator Bowl, down in stinky Jacksonville, Fla. What a crap hole! They really need to put some of their jail birds to work, on a chain gang, picking up the road side trash, like they do in the Carolinas.

/disgruntled WVU fan

actually, wouldn't the area of one mile of road not be a straight line? Therefore, it would have a much larger area than only 5280 feet, and decrease the percentage of the road to 'alcoholoc containers'. I'm too lazy to do the math though.

Does Aluminum Anonymous have a 12 step program.
If so where is the next meeting??
Hi! I'm bob and Iam an Aluminum Addict.......

Batcar, head up to Redding, CA. Oh, yes, my Golden State has PLENTY of rednecks. And let's not forget the 909....

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