LITTERBUGS – Tougher Punishment Could Save States Millions

Millions of tax dollars are spent each year to clean litter from the nation’s roadways. State and local governments should impose and more importantly, enforce tougher laws to deter littering. Littering negatively affects the environment and is a horrible eye-sore.

adopt a highway signIt is estimated that one in three people litter. This should raise grave concern over the urgent requirement to impose and to enforce tougher laws against littering. In most states, littering may carry a $500.00 fine. Additionally, repeat offenders may be fined up to $2000.00 and sentenced up to 180 days in jail. However, highways and roadsides are still littered. Forty-eight states have Adopt-A-Highway programs where volunteers work to keep approximately half of the state highways cleaned. States pay on average $25,000,000.00 to clean-up their roadsides.

Imposing tougher laws and enforcing steeper fines would deter littering offenders. “Litterbugs” who litter from their vehicle should be fined $1000.00, lose their driving privileges for thirty days and jailed for twenty-four hours. Additionally, pedestrians who litter the roadways should also be fined and jailed.

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