Gov. Bill Owens has signed a bill that likely will likely require highway litterbugs in Colorado to visit an ATM instead of reaching into their pockets to pay the penalty.
The new law, dubbed the “pee bomb bill” by legislators, hikes 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, SB9 won overwhelming approval in the Senate and House.
The Colorado Department of Transportation lobbied hard for the bill’s passage. Employees with the agency say they often pick up as many as 50 containers of discarded bottles of urine and soiled diapers a week on the sides of roadways.
According to the Durango Herald, workers on CDOT lawn-mowing crews say have been spattered with the waste when mower blades chew up the containers buried by the grass.
A number of CDOT employees who work on highway litter patrols have sought out anti-hepatitis injections as a preventive measure after exposure to the human waste.
Road crews soon will begin posting signs at truck stops, along major highways and at rest stops warning of the increased penalty.
“Enforcement may be a challenge,” Isgar told the Herald.
The new law takes effect July 1.