Zero Tolerance for Litter weekend slated
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division will join forces with Louisiana State Police and local law enforcement agencies again this year to support the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Zero Tolerance For Litter campaign, April 17-19.
Governor Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission urged support for the effort in proclamations presented at today’s commission meeting in Baton Rouge.
“We should take steps every day to keep Louisiana beautiful and protect our environment so that our great state remains Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Governor Jindal.
Littering in Louisiana can result in fines from $50 to $5,000 and from four to 100 hours of community service. In addition, driver’s license suspension and jail time are possible penalties. KLB encourages citizens to clean out truck beds, and to refrain from throwing cigarette butts or other trash out windows or watercraft to avoid ticketing.
“Our enforcement agents are diligent in citing litter law violators year round as they patrol the woodlands and waterways of this state,” said Robert Barham, LDWF secretary. “We welcome the opportunity every year to focus public attention on eliminating litter from our roadways and all scenic landscapes.”
Along with issuing citations, the program is designed to raise awareness among Louisianans about the consequences of littering and dumping. Some facts of interest include:
* Litter costs Louisiana taxpayers more than $15 million annually
* Litter can affect the environment hurting everything from fish breeding grounds to contributing to flooding problems
“Through the support of Governor Jindal and the help of Louisiana State Police and Wildlife and Fisheries, citizens have become more aware of the negative affects of litter,” commented KLB Executive Director Leigh Harris. ‘”Now in its fifth year, Zero Tolerance weekend has gained momentum helping promote statewide litter-free behavior.”
Keep Louisiana Beautiful is a volunteer based service organization dedicated to a healthy and litter free Louisiana. Through a network of statewide affiliates, KLB promotes its mission to educate Louisianans on the ecological and economic effects of littering.