Make a harsh penalty for littering our state

OlympiaApril 5, 2013 

Some people are slobs. Not all people. But those who throw their garbage out of the windows of their cars to the side of the road are. When I drive up state Route 510, I feel like I’m driving through a garbage dump. Both sides of the road is literally covered in trash.

A couple of weeks ago, I stopped and thanked the volunteers who were cleaning it up and they did a fine job, too. Now, three weeks later, it looks just like it did before. People are better than this, I know they are. It’s a shame because when I travel across this great country, it seems nowhere have I seen so much garbage on the side of the road as I do here in our beautiful state.

Why is it so hard to wait until you’re home to throw that plastic cup/fast food bag/soda can in the garbage? I understand that sometimes it can fly out of someone’s truck when they take their trash to the dump, but that is also their responsibility.

Since people obviously can’t be trusted to take care of their own beautiful environment, I’d like to suggest our lawmakers come up with some harsh littering penalty a la Texas where it costs $1,000 if you are caught littering.

I’d make it harsher and add community service, cleaning up the trash on the side of the road.

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