Motorists littering highways in Colorado will soon likely
have to visit an ATM instead of reaching into their pockets to pay the penalty.
The House voted 55-9 on March 16 to approve a measure that
would hike the fine for tossing containers of human waste along highways in the
state to $500 from the current $35.
Sponsored by Sen. Jim Isgar, D-Hesperus, the measure, dubbed “the pee bomb bill” by legislators, was unanimously approved by the Senate in
In testimony before the Senate Transportation Committee,
workers from the Colorado Department of Transportation said they often pick up
as many as 50 containers of urine and excrement a week that have been discarded
by truckers and other motorists on the sides of roadways.
According to the Durango Herald, workers on CDOT lawn-mowing
crews testified they have been spattered with the waste when mower blades chew
up the containers hidden by the grass.
A number of CDOT employees who work on highway litter
patrols have sought anti-hepatitis injections as a preventive measure.
The graphic details were enough for the legislators, who
quickly passed the bill to significantly raise the fine. It also applies to
diapers that are thrown along the highway.
“CDOT is planning to put up some new signs notifying
motorists of the increased fine,” Isgar told the Herald. “Eventually, I
think people will catch on.”
SB9 now moves to Gov. Bill Owens for approval.