Tossing cigarette butts on ground could lead to jail time
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Starting Jan. 1, tossing cigarette butts on the ground will be considered littering in Illinois. First-time offenders could be hit with fines up to $1500. Repeat offenders could face jail time.
The Legislature recently added cigarette butts to the state litter law.
But enforcement could prove to be a challenge.
Galesburg city officials are serious about the new law, police Chief
David Christensen says he expects verbal warnings will deter most
The (Galesburg) Register-Mail (http://bit.ly/1bF71by ) that when
officers spot flagrant violations, they'll likely write citations, but
officers won't be put on a special cigarette patrol.
Galesburg Public Works Director Larry Cox says people often dump ashtrays in parking lots -- an unsightly mess that can clog storm and sewer drains.