Law Will Crackdown on Cigarette Butt Littering

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It’s something we see on the road all the time; cigarette butts are the most common piece of litter in the country. That’s something Illinois lawmakers want to change and starting January 1st, smokers who toss their cigarette butts can face some hefty fines.

We see them tossed just about everywhere, in parking lots, flower beds and sidewalks, however starting in 2014, if you're caught throwing a cigarette butt anywhere except a garbage can, you could get slapped with a $1,500 fine.

"I think throwing cigarette butts anywhere is littering and people do it everywhere, it’s digesting at look at. It's not hard to be clean," says smoker Angie Hill.

"I think it's a good idea, I think will keep our city cleaner, m a smoker myself and I think it will curb my appeal for throwing them out the window, I really don’t have $1,500 bucks laying around,” says Jacob Wilson.

The second time you're seen tossing a cigarette butt, the penalty is a fine up to $2,500. A third offense is a felony and you could spend up to three years in jail; some Stateliners say that goes too far.

"I think its anther way for cops to give you more tickets and pay more into the system," says Skipton McKenzie.

State Senator Dave Syverson says the law is meant to deter people from littering in the first place.

“Be responsible drivers, be responsible neighbors, don't throw trash out of the car because eventually someone will have to clean that up,” says State Senator Dave Syverson.

With the new law, some smokers say they'll think twice before tossing another cigarette butt out the window. Also a part of this law, property owners could be fined one hundred dollars if they don't set out garbage cans for people to toss their cigarettes.


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