A new law in Utah that takes effect Tuesday, July 1, boosts the fine for littering on highways in the state. The increase in fines will apply to “trucker bombs.”
Fines for repeat offenders of the state’s littering law will increase. First-time offenders would continue to face at least $100 fines for such things as tossing containers of human waste along highways. Repeat offenses within three years would result in at least $250 fines.
Judges also could require offenders to serve eight hours of community service. Existing Utah law allows judges to mandate only four hours of community service.
The law also addresses unsecured loads on cars and trucks. Debris falling from trucks could result in at least $250 fines. Repeat offenses within three years would result in $500 fines.
Other drivers would face at least $100 fines. Repeat offenses within three years would result in at least $250 fines.
Lt. Shawn Judd, section commander of the Utah Highway Patrol, said the changes are needed because the number of debris-related crashes in the state continues to escalate. The costs involved to clear debris also is on the rise.
To help foot the bill, revenue from the fines will be put into a special fund to educate motorists on how to properly secure loads. The Utah Department of Transportation also will get money to help with roadside cleanup.
To view other legislative activities of interest for Utah in 2008, click here.
– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor