"By dint of its climate, size, population, lengthy growing season, increasingly long commutes and, perhaps, its casual lifestyle, California is a road-debris leader. It is also home to the country’s largest number of registered vehicles — 32 million, twice that of No. 2 Texas — and roughly four million pickup trucks, the most of any state, according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in Washington."
This is a riot! What does "casual lifestyle" even mean, anyway, and how does it relate to crap that gets dumped on the side of the freeway? It makes you wonder if the writer has ever been west of the Mississippi.
What if the road debris problem were plaguing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway? Would it be OK to assign blame to the notorious in-your-face New York attitude? It would make about as much sense.