The Faulkner County Sobriety Court, led by District Judge Susan Weaver, adopted a mile-long stretch of Interstate 40 in February to give the program's participants more chances to fulfill their required service hours while being able to maintain employment.
Weaver said a participant from Crawford County approached her with the idea to adopt a highway. The participant, who has been sober and will graduate from the program soon, said it's often a struggle to find service opportunities "outside of regular business hours."
Weaver and her team loved the idea and, not only did they adopt the highway, they decided to spend their lunch break picking up trash on the mile-long stretch.
"We want to lead by example," Weaver said. "We wanted to show participants that we are all working toward bettering the community. This is what recovery courts are all about."
The Sobriety Court team, which picked up six bags of trash over lunch last week, shared their experience with participants at the next meeting.
"They loved it," Weaver said. "It meant a lot to them."
Weaver said the sobriety team thoroughly enjoyed the experience as well.
"It was a great day," she said. "The weather was nice, we got to get some exercise and it was great for team building."