Why have litter laws if they are not enforced?
State of West Virginia Law Section 20-7-26 Unlawful Disposal of Litter: Any person who violates the litter control law is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Violation in an amount less than 100 pounds or 27 cubic fee.
First conviction: Fine of $50 to $500 or 8 to 16 hours of community service, or both.
Violation in an amount of 100 to 500 pounds or 27 to 216 cubic feet.
First conviction: Fine of $500 to $2,000 or 16 to 32 hours of community service, or both.
Violation in an amount of over 500 pounds or 216 cubic feet.
First conviction: Fine of $2,500 to $25,000 or confinement in a jail for up to
1-year, or both.
Any person convicted of a second or subsequent violation is subject to double the authorized range of fines and community service for the subsequent violation.
Any driver of a motor vehicle or other land conveyance convicted of violating this law, shall have three points assessed against his or her driver's license.
It is time for our public officials to announce publicly that they will begin immediately to enforce this state law. We should hold them responsible for their failure to have citations written for any violator observed to be littering. What do you think?