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D.C. Police To Crack Down On Littering

Dropping litter in front of a police officer could cost you — $250 or more.
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Dropping litter in front of a police officer could cost you — $250 or more.

D.C. police are cracking down on people who litter in the District, meaning penalties could reach several hundred dollars.

Starting this week, throwing trash on the ground could be the same as throwing away $75.

Last month, D.C. police started issuing warnings to pedestrians who littered. Now, officers can issue $75 tickets to anyone they observe littering. Officers are encouraged to first ask the violator to pick up the trash and dispose of it properly before writing tickets.

D.C. law has long penalized both pedestrians and drivers for littering, but longstanding city law made it difficult for police to cite litterers on foot. Now, pedestrians who litter in front of cops are required to provide their name and address, though they are not required to show ID. If they refuse to offer up their name, they can be arrested and fined up to $250 more.

In 2013, a pilot program in neighborhoods including Takoma, Petworth and Kenilworth resulted in 76 tickets for littering. But according to the MPD annual report, since the pilot program was enacted, four out of five people cited simply ignored the tickets.

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