The facts and evidence would be that a driver sees another driver toss a cigarette out the window and break the law (litter). I have a pen and paper in my car at all times to report litterers such as these, and I consider it a duty and a privilege to do so.
$1,000 fine? I think you're a little off. According to the "Swat-A-Litterbug website:
"The current North Carolina anti-litter law, General Statute § 14-399 (2001-2002), includes both fines and community service time for both intentional and unintentional littering. The text below is only a sample excerpt - please view the law in its entirety for a better understanding of the law and the penalties for intentional and unintentional littering in the link below.
If you don't break the law, the State can't
§ 14-399. Littering. (a1) No person, including any firm, organization, private corporation, or governing body, agents, or employees of any municipal corporation shall scatter, spill, or place or cause to be blown, scattered, spilled, or placed or otherwise dispose of any litter upon any public property or private property not owned by the person within this State or in the waters of this State including any public highway, public park, lake, river, ocean, beach, campground, forestland, recreational area, trailer park, highway, road, street, or alley...
(c1) Any person who violates subsection (a1) of this section in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds is guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine of NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than four hours nor more than 12 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed. Any second or subsequent violation of subsection (a1) of this section in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds within three years after the date of a prior violation is an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than eight hours nor more than 24 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed."
What's so difficult about cleaning up after yourself? If you want to smoke, fine. But don't mess things up for those of us who don't. Have a little courtesy for others and for mother earth.
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