Q. Isn’t there a fine for throwing cigarette butts out of car windows? If so, how much and, if so, would it be possible for law enforcement officers to do some passing out of fines on a stretch of road to bring this to attention, kind of like the DWI stops?
A. There’s no separate fine for tossing a cigarette butt from a car window, but drivers can be issued a littering ticket if they’re caught throwing one. Those fines are in the neighborhood of $250, with an extra $190 in court costs, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
But troopers say that scanning the highways for littering is more difficult than, say, looking for drunk drivers. At a speed checkpoint, troopers can see you before you can see them, but when drivers know that a member of the Highway Patrol is near, they tend to be on their best behavior – which means catching someone littering from a moving vehicle is tricky.
Date posted: April 4, 2012
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