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Fine for Littering in Rhode Island Doubled to $1,000

The maximum fine for a second littering offense also increased from a$500 to $5,000.

The maximum fine for littering in Rhode Island is now $1,000. File photo.
The maximum fine for littering in Rhode Island is now $1,000. File photo.
The maximum fine for littering in Rhode Island has doubled from $500 to $1,000.

Lawmakers and Gov. Lincoln Chafee recently approved the change. The maximum fine for a second littering offense also increased from a$500 to $5,000.

Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, D-Dist. 4, sponsored a bill mandating the higher fines.

"If we cannot convince people through education that littering is not the right thing to do, maybe a stiffer fine will convince them to find a proper receptacle for their trash," Ruggerio previously said.

The minimum fine for litter remains $85, and a requirement that offenders pick up the litter—for as many as 25 hours—is still in effect.

Another change will allow local police departments to receive a portion of littering fines. The new policy will direct 30 percent of a fine to local law enforcement agency that made the littering complaint. Previously, all littering fines went to the state's general fund.

Do you agree with the higher littering fines?
Randy July 09, 2014 at 01:57 PM
How many people do you know that have been fined for littering? I don't know anyone but i'd think $500 would be enough to deter some one from doing it again. Changing the amount isn't going to make a difference. It's actually catching people and fining them that will.
Chris July 09, 2014 at 08:20 PM
Unless they enforce the law it doesn't matter what the penalty is!

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