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Some call for lower fines to solve litter problem

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South Carolina leaders are hoping to make the state cleaner by lowering the fines for littering. The bill passed in the House Wednesday with a 98 to 14 vote and it will head to the Senate next.

Representative Chandra Dillard of Greenville says current fines are so high that some officers are reluctant to write tickets. She believes a lower fine could mean better enforcement, which would lead to a change in behavior.

Right now, the minimum fine for littering is $200 and the maximum is over $1000. This bill would lower the fine for any trash under 15 pounds to a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $150.

FOX Carolina caught up with a crew from Greenville County’s litter control program, Litter Ends Here. Litter Prevention Coordinator, Deanna Damato, and her crew were picking up litter along Fairview Road in Simpsonville Thursday morning. The program has collected 275,000 pounds of litter

“I am for anything that will increase enforcement and decrease the amount of litter on the streets,” says Damato, “Something does need to change.” 

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