The Logan County fiscal court discussed litter last week after hearing a report from county solid waste coordinator, Dwight Cockrill.
Cockrill said that after looking over the latest litter pickup report, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen this few of miles of roadway with this much trash.”
Cockrill said he wasn’t sure what the county could do to help curb the amount of trash.
Magistrates wanted to know if video cameras could be set up along high litter roadways in the county with the intent of catching litterers on tape.
County attorney Joe Ross said he wasn’t sure if that would help, because he would not be able to prosecute anyone from a video unless the video showed conclusively who had thrown the litter from the vehicle.
“You can’t just prosecute the owner of a car unless you know for sure who was driving it,” Ross said.
Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker said he thought fewer people would litter if they realized the penalties for criminal littering.
Criminal littering is a Class A misdemeanor, which can carry up to a $500 fine.
The Kentucky Revised Statute concerning criminal littering states that:
A person is guilty of criminal littering when he:
(a) Drops or permits to drop on a highway any destructive or injurious material and does not immediately remove it; or
(b) Knowingly places or throws litter on any public or private property or in any public or private water without permission; or
(c) Negligently places or throws glass or other dangerous pointed or edged substances on or adjacent to water to which the public has access for swimming or wading or on or within fifty (50) feet of a public highway; or
(d) Discharges sewage, minerals, oil products, or litter into any public waters or lakes within the state.