CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 22, 2019) – In conjunction with Earth Day (April 22), AAA Carolinas is reminding motorists to show respect for the Earth by not littering, whether that be on the road or elsewhere.
“We’ve all seen trash on the side of the road,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “In addition to being an eyesore and hazardous to the ecosystems of our beautiful states, it can also be dangerous to us behind the wheel, creating obstacles for our vehicles to avoid.”
Littering is illegal in both North and South Carolina. The minimum fine for a first offense of littering in North Carolina is $250 with maximum fines going as high as $1000. Subsequent offenses can carry community service requirements and fines of up to $2000. South Carolina minimum fines for littering depend on the weight of the trash, but usually start at $200 and end at $1,087. Guilty convictions will always impose community service involving litter clean-up. Local laws can vary from state laws and usually lean toward the stricter side.
“The Earth is not your trash can,” added Wright. “Dispose of waste in the proper manner, set a good example for your kids and younger passengers and keep our roads clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.”
Both states take littering seriously and encourage motorists to immediately call their hotlines to report a litter-bug.
If you see someone litter out of their vehicle in North Carolina, you can call *HP to be connected to the nearest Highway Patrol dispatch center or you can submit a form to the NCDOT’s Litter Management Program Swat-A-Litterbug.
AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.1 million member and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.