DC expands anti-littering enforcement

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Starting Monday, D.C. police officers will be able to give $75 notices of violation to pedestrians they see littering in the city.

This is part of the Metropolitan Police Department's citywide enforcement of the District of Columbia's anti-littering laws. Warnings were issued last month.

Under the law, an officer who sees a person dropping waste material of any kind on public space, in waterways, or on someone else's private property, can give a notice of violation. The person given the NOV is required to provide their accurate name and address to the officer. If that person does not give accurate information, he or she could be arrested and, upon conviction, be fined an additional $100 to $250 by the D.C. Superior Court.

If a person fails to pay the fine or appeal the ticket to the Office of Administrative Hearings the fine will double.

Additionally, a driver can get a $100 traffic ticket if an officer sees either the driver or a passenger toss trash onto someone else's private property or onto any public space.


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