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

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Graffiti, garbage, broken-down cars ... man-made creations from those people who just don't care is a growing problem. Litter and graffiti blights the city's quality of life.

The trash is everywhere in the United States. An eyesore that clogs drainage systems, blocks walkways, creates health and fire hazards and that no one found a solution to the problem of illegal dumping, litter and graffiti (IDL&G).

Poverty is no excuse; trash promotes crime, negative mental images and thoughts.

States spend millions of dollars each year to clean up littered roadways, parks, and coastal areas. In addition to the direct cost of litter removal, litter also harms the environment, property values and economic activities. You can no longer go outside and enjoy nature and the beautiful public lands provided for us by state and local municipalities.

Many states have also enacted legislation to address littering in certain places, such as public highways, coastal areas, and recreational areas, but as yet have not found an effective way to stop or even discourage littering.

ILLEGAL DUMPING An Imperial County Discussion Submitted by: The Public Health Department in 2007 is an excellent summary of the impact of illegal dumping, littering and graffiti.

The problem was out of control even before COVID-19, and now we are on the path of looking like an undeveloped country. California litterbugs are the absolute worst: Roadshow, August 2020

Local ordinances and California state laws exist: Section 374.3 and VC 23111 but currently a police officer must witness the violation before he can issue a ticket, and they don't have the time or incentive to pursue the crime of IDL&G.

I was told that I can call in the information to their STTOP line, 877-310-stop or the website STTOP.net and they would send a letter to the registered owner of the vehicle. Unfortunately without a deputy or police officer witnessing the incident in person not much can be done.

Just about everyone has a smart phone

California needs to pass a law in the legislature that makes it legal for any citizen with a cell phone or video camera to document a witness account and report the crime of illegal dumping, litter or graffiti (IDL&G) in California.

The video would be deemed sufficient evidence to issue a citation and/or prosecute the crime under Section 374.3 of the Penal Code: it is unlawful to dump or cause to be dumped waste matter in or upon a public or private highway or road, and VC 23111: no person in any vehicle and no pedestrian shall throw or discharge from or upon any road or highway or adjoining area, public or private, any lighted or nonlighted cigarette, cigar, match, or any flaming or glowing substance.

Enforcement is the best way to get people to comply with any law, but it's impossible for police to be, or install cameras, everywhere to prevent IDL&G. Cell-phone cameras are the solution: just about everyone has a smart phone.

Cell-phone and red-light cameras

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