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TxDot’s ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ and Buc-ee’s Partner-up

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TxDot’s ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ and Buc-ee’s Partner-up

Now there’s even less to mess with…

Unless you travel in your own RV, where restrooms are always clean and roads are inevitably smooth, you’ll appreciate the synergies available when Texas’ Department of Transportation builds alliances with those companies dotting our Texas highways. Of course, one of the most visible of those companies is Buc-ee’s, whose Texas edifices are beginning to rival Jerry’s World for sheer ubiquity. This is good stuff, and we’re proud to share it!


Aug. 20, 2019

AUSTIN – Don’t mess with Texas® and Buc-ee’s are teaming up to fight litter in Texas. Beginning in August, drivers in Texas will see billboards featuring two iconic Texas-born brands, TxDOT’s “Don’t mess with Texas” and Buc-ee’s, along major travel routes to remind drivers to keep trash inside their cars until their next stop at a Buc-ee’s location.

Drivers also will see reminders of the campaign at Buc-ee’s stores across Texas, including the famous “Don’t mess with Texas” trash barrels, cross-branded merchandise and signage educating visitors to properly dispose of trash to keep Texas litter-free.

“Buc-ee’s and ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ represent two iconic brands that are each as big as Texas,” said Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. “We’re excited to work with Buc-ee’s to remind its millions of customers and everyone who sees its iconic billboards that ‘Don’t mess with Texas’ really means don’t litter.”

The collaboration between “Don’t mess with Texas” and Buc-ee’s will also extend into the community. The two are teaming up on education initiatives shared in schools to teach younger generations the importance of keeping Texas clean and picturesque. Both brands also will work together to host trash clean-ups in Texas communities including the “Don’t mess with Texas” Trash-Off statewide cleanup day, which occurs annually in April.

“We want Texas’ roads to be as clean as Buc-ee’s restrooms,” said Buc-ee’s founder/owner Arch “Beaver” Aplin. “Texans are proud of their state and we at Buc-ee’s are proud to be Texan. We look forward to sharing the litter-free message with travelers as they ride along our great Texas highways.”

Texas has been a leader in the battle against litter and the “Don’t mess with Texas” campaign has been vital to this success. However, litter remains a problem in the state. Approximately 362 million pieces of visible litter accumulate on Texas roadways each year. The most common forms of litter are food or organic material, such as banana peels and apple cores, cigarette butts and small pieces of paper, such as receipts and gum wrappers. Those who litter can face a fine starting at $500 and up to $2,000.

“Don’t mess with Texas” has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. The campaign is the signature initiative for TxDOT’s litter prevention programs which include Adopt-a-Highway, a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful and the community outreach and cleanup event — the “Don’t mess with Texas” Trash-Off. For additional information on “Don’t mess with Texas,” visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

David Boldt

Boldt, a contributor to outlets such as AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings to his laptop some forty years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chicago's Midwest Automotive Media Association and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild. David is the Managing Editor of txGarage and the automotive contributor to Dallas' Katy Trail Weekly.

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