Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited 30 individuals for alleged violations of the states litter laws during the first two months of 2006 in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes.
Agents assigned to these parishes issued 14 litter citations in Ascension Parish, six each in East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana parishes, and four in West Feliciana Parish.
Simple littering occurs most often after trash is irresponsibly placed in the bed of a truck or the back of a boat creating a condition that the person knew or should have known was likely to result in the disposal of litter. The fine for simple littering is $75, or the violator may be given the option to perform eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program in lieu of the fine.
Intentional littering generally occurs when a person throws trash from a vehicle or boat. The fine for intentional littering is $250, plus eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.
Gross littering occurs when someone dumps household garbage, refuse, etc. at an unapproved site. Fines for gross littering range from $500 to $1000 and also include eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.
The majority of the litter cases made in the above listed parishes were for gross littering.
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