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How to Solve Illegal Dumping, Litter and Graffiti (IDL&G)

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The Rocky Mountain State has Star CSP (*227) to help police officers locate and arrest drivers who are operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or committing other potentially serious crimes. Any member of the public, who witness an aggressive driver, use Star CSP on their phone to report a traffic violation or a driving-related crime without any video evidence, and the authorities hold the driver accountable for these actions.

An officer of the law, sheriffs or police, would no longer be required at the scene of the crime to issue a citation, as long as the video has: 1) a clear image of the vehicle license plate and the crime, or 2) a litter-enforcement officer issues the citation based on review of the video submitted.

The law would eliminate the expensive time-consuming investigations that have been required to successfully prosecute illegal dumping cases.

Litter-enforcement officers and 811

Litter-enforcement officers will be existing parking enforcement, and local, state and national park rangers whose duties are expanded to enforce Section 374.3 and VC 23111.

The State of California will provide subsidies and training for municipalities to hire additional parking and "park" enforcement officers, who will be trained and authorized to issue a citation based on a video taken by the public of a IDL&G violation.

The state will also develop the smart-phone app (811) that will upload their location and the video file to the litter-enforcement officer in the area.

A cell-phone ticket based on a video without vehicle license identification

When a member of the public witnesses and takes a video with their cell phone of litter or a graffiti crime, without a vehicle license plate, they dial "811" on their phone.

The officer will be dispatched to the location, get the criminal's identification and issue the citation. They will be trained to call law enforcement if there is an altercation when he asks for the id of the person who committed the IDL&G crime.

A cell-phone ticket based on a video with vehicle license identification

When a member of the public witnesses illegal dumping or litter from a vehicle, they will take a time-stamped video of the crime including the physical description of the vehicle, the license plate and the persons involved. The video with the location will be uploaded to the litter-enforcement office using the 811 application on their phone.

A cell-phone ticket based on the video will be like a parking violations, nothing goes on the driving record.

The violation goes against the registered owner of the vehicle and the registered owner will need to prove the vehicle was stolen; otherwise they are liable for all the fines and penalties and community litter pick-up service. If the vehicle was rented then the rental company will provide the driver's license of the person or the entity that filled out the rent-a-vehicle application.

There is no driving or arrest record that will be recorded; therefore the video is only proof that the crime took place and if you are the registered owner or the person who rented the vehicle then you are liable.

The public should not be liable for someone loaning their car to an associate who uses it to commit the crime. If in fact you loaned the vehicle to someone who committed the crime you are free to go after them to pay the fines and do the community clean-up service.

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