Bill to curb urine 'bombs' offered in Ohio

| 4/18/2006

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 days.

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 Committee.