If an Ohio state lawmaker gets her way, certain litterbugs
would soon have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay the penalty for
throwing roadside “bombs.”
Sen. Kimberly Zurz, D-Green, introduced a bill last month
that would increase the fine for tossing containers of human waste along
highways in the state to $1,000 from the current $150. Repeat offenders would
face increasing fines and possible suspension of driving privileges for 90
Ohio isn’t alone in its pursuit of cleaning up its roadsides.
A similar rule was approved in Colorado a year ago.
Colorado increased the fine for tossing containers of human
waste to $500. Previously, offenders faced a $35 fine.
Zurz said she was prompted to pursue the higher fines in Ohio after a state Transportation Department study found that nearly 1 million containers
of urine are discarded annually along roads in the state.
“The bill cracks down on those who believe Ohio’s highways
are their own personal bathroom,” Zurz told The Columbus Dispatch.
SB306 is in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources