Dothan City Manager Wants to Stop Littering

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

Not only does littering make the city unattractive. If you are caught doing it, you could face up to $500 in fines and court costs.

"Yesterday I stopped at a light and it appears that someone cleaned out their car by throwing all these papers on the side of the road,” says Dothan City Manager Mike West.

This “public offender” may have dodged the law, but the city manager witnessed the whole thing, and has decided to end the whole thing.

"It distresses me when we have a litterbug program that we cooperate with the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center to make our clean our ways and we are also spending some money cleaning our intersection," says West.

Not only is it disturbing for some, it’s also against the law, and city officials are urging the Dothan Police Department to crack down on the offenders.

"If officers pursue the state side of it, the court costs would be $112. If an officer pursues the state side of it, it would be $146, plus what ever fines the judge wants to add to it," says Officer Sheila Gray of the Dothan Police Department.

City officials would also like to warn people who are distributing flyers and advertisements on doorsteps and lawns.
Many Dothan residents have been calling in complaints.>

Many don't realize this, but if you are caught throwing a used cigarette out the car window- you can be fined. That is considered littering, so think twice about throwing anything on the side of the road.

Cleaning up garbage is costly. The city spends about $400,000 a year on the litterbug program alone.


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