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    Thumbs up Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    Great news!!!! I still don't think it is enough. That is the one thing I hate, going through Oklahoma and seeing trash all over the place. Quite frankly, I think the fine should be increased to $800 dollars on the first offense and much, much higher the second time around. I also get fustrated when I see trash flying out of the back of a pickup truck or a garbage truck like it is nobody else's business.

    Here is the article. Oklahoma Senate Panel Approves Littering Fine Hike - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    Does anyone here have experience with the "report a litter bug" thing?

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    $800 is a lot of money to some folks. While you or I might be able to put $800 on a credit card and really think nothing of it, that's the kind of money that can end up making folks have to choose between rent and a bench warrant/additional $185 failure to appear + court costs..and if they're actually picked up on that warrant and can't make bail, you're potentially talking about being evicted/losing everything/losing their job, etc.

    For some folks, once they're in the system, even if it's just for something piddly like littering, it's tough to get out.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    I'd prefer to see a smaller fine (smaller even than the 200 level that is being doubled) plus a mandatory community service component ... preferably involving trash pickup for any one able bodied, and something appropriate for those who are not able.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    I suppose the $800 the first time around is a little high. Littering just seems to be a pretty big problem in OKC. I don't think anyone should be issued a warrant and go to jail for not paying. They could be given time, a lot of it, to pay it off and do community service as an alternative and pay less, like Kevin said. That seems good.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    That ain't how muni court works. And every continuance you get costs.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    Quote Originally Posted by kevinpate View Post
    I'd prefer to see a smaller fine (smaller even than the 200 level that is being doubled) plus a mandatory community service component ... preferably involving trash pickup for any one able bodied, and something appropriate for those who are not able.
    I agree

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    I agree with Kevin with one exception..... Anyone caught tossing a lit cigarette should face capital punishment charges.... Is that to harsh? I mean they're speeding up their impending death by smoking anyway. So why not help them along?

    But seriously I think the public service would be a better investment than the higher fine. Make them work the $800 fine off at Minimum Wage or at least make that an option for the person that can't afford the fine.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    Quote Originally Posted by sidburgess View Post
    My vote: Mandatory community service picking up trash. No fine at all -- ever.
    I think you haven't spent much time picking up someone's trash from your property. And if you don't pick it up then the City of Oklahoma City fines you. And it doesn't do much good involving the police either as they rarely come to the annexed but forgotten territories.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    Bottom line, you're talking about the fine for a DUI in many cases being less than littering. Lunacy.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    Quote Originally Posted by Midtowner View Post
    $800 is a lot of money to some folks. While you or I might be able to put $800 on a credit card and really think nothing of it, that's the kind of money that can end up making folks have to choose between rent and a bench warrant/additional $185 failure to appear + court costs..and if they're actually picked up on that warrant and can't make bail, you're potentially talking about being evicted/losing everything/losing their job, etc.

    For some folks, once they're in the system, even if it's just for something piddly like littering, it's tough to get out.
    Simple solution - don't litter. Also, if the fine for littering is more than that for a DUI there is another simple sollution - increase the fine for DUI. Also, people convicted of DUI should have to pick up litter along the road also - at 2AM on Friday night.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    Thanks. That's the simple solution to every crime.

    My goodness, you've cured society's ills.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    It is not uncommon for a first time dui to see a fine of less than 200. Now there are all sorts of other expenses which exist, and the court costs, but the fine itself is not the lion share of the expense for the person who incurs a dui charge.

    To me an 800 fine on littering screams out "we give up, but hey, might as well make some money in our defeat."

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    I don't object to a small fine, and a lot of community service. Sid, your 8 hour idea is way way kinder than where I would land, by a factor of 5 to 10. You want to change behavior? To me that requires hours of effort. I have no issue with 40+ hours, and if it needs to happen at 2-4 hours a Sat. or Sun. for several weeks so the trasher can still work, that's fine as well. Parks need cleaning, roads need cleaning, Habitat needs help, second chance and such need floors mopped, and once or twice isn't enough to make the impact.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    I agree the fines do not stop littering. But from my perspective that's mostly because the laws are neither respected nor enforced.

    I am speaking generally of people who throw out a couple of old toilets, 6 or 12 old tires, various other pieces of junk and trash and pickup loads of sheetrock and other construction debris.

    They throw the stuff in the bar ditch.

    My point is that the City has no problem fining the property owner versus the interesting notion that the perpetrator can't afford the fine. Lot of property owners can't afford the fine either.

    Now, to be fair, I will say the City did remove a burned out vehicle from the roadway. So I suppose that is something

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    I'll definitely back Sid up, he has definitely done his fair share to help with the litter issue in OKC.

    As far as fines go, they aren't nearly as effective as education. No one seems to understand that if we could just keep the trash in our cars for a couple of more miles and throw it away at home, we could save the state (this includes money spent by towns/cities) upwards of $24 million annually. More and more communities are starting to be proactive and not only provide better trash collection, but also certain times when residents can come and dispose of tires, electronics, etc. But, we have a long way to go.

    The fines that are collected, to my knowledge, don't go back into litter prevention programs. The money is just dumped into city coffers and then spent on other issues. And that's assuming that a police officer is going to take the time to issue a citation....they usually have fare more pressing issues to attended to (that's just the sad truth).

    Cigarette litter is by far one of the largest offenders and one that will hopefully be reduced by some programs that are in the works. Litter is a problem in Oklahoma. But I can tell you that there is a lot of attention being focused on the K-12 age range. The thought is that if we can alter their perception on litter, they will in turn cause a positive change at home.

    One way to reduce litter is to keep places clean - litter attracts more litter. This spring there are going to be cleanups all over OKC and the state. Get out there and be proactive.

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    Default Re: Oklahoma Senate Approves Littering Fine Hike

    The City fines the property owners even though the trash is own City right of way, obviously does not belong to the property owner, and was placed there illegally which the City does nothing to discourage or prevent.

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