Watch out litterbugs: tossing your trash by the wayside could soon cost you big bucks in Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently signed a letter supporting Ald. Howard Brookins’ (21st) proposed anti-littering ordinance which includes a maximum $1,500 fine for those caught tossing trash from their vehicle. ABC Chicago reports other fines would increase if the proposal clears the City Council. Minimum fines would jump from $50 to $150 and litterbugs older than 16 could have their cars towed as another penalty.
“[The Department of Streets And Sanitation] raised some concerns that, if this thing were significantly enforced, they wouldn’t have the manpower to tow all of these cars,” Brookins told the Sun-Times. “It made sense to give law enforcement discretion.”
The bill heads to committee for a vote before it will be introduced to the City Council.