The penalties for illegal dumping will remain in place and the public will still be allowed to qualify for the "tip" or reward with the video.
The penalties for the violation of Section 374.3 and VC 23111 are monetary and community service (picking up litter and removing graffiti).
The responsible party shall not be required to personally do the community service but should have the option to pay an additional premium on top of the fine to allow someone else to do the work. If the responsible party does not have the funds to pay the fine then they will do additional community service to satisfy the penalty.
If lawmakers decide that the crime of illegal dumping still requires a litter-enforcement officer to issue the citation then the 811 app will be used to summon an officer to the scene to write the citation. Note Colorado does not require an officer of the law to witness the crime of reckless driving.
The new law will not only make IDL&G enforcement possible but will be a cost-effective major deterrent because when the criminals realize that anyone with a cell-phone can be documenting their crime they will re-consider if dumping, littering and graffiti are worth the price.
The law will include a PR campaign to emphasize the damage the irresponsible citizens are doing to our communities and ask for the public's support to video tape the crimes.
I have been getting positive feedback that my "citizen's-video arrest" approach will solve the illegal dumping, litter and graffiti (IDL&G) problem.
Contact me in the comments below if you believe this could be a viable solution, not just in California, but throughout the United States.
(Article changed on September 22, 2020 at 05:14)
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