Fairbanks Mayor Proposes Lighter Littering Fine

The City of Fairbanks would see penalties for littering drop to $250 and a citation under a proposed change to the law from mayor Jerry Cleworth.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- The City of Fairbanks would see penalties for littering drop to $250 and a citation under a proposed change to the law from mayor Jerry Cleworth.

The change would make the penalty more like a traffic ticket and less like a criminal offense.
Cleworth says he proposed the change to save time for both the city and people cited for littering.
Current law demands a court summons and court appointments to prosecute someone for littering.
The current penalty is up to a $450 fine and up to 40 hours community service picking up trash.
The city doesn't issue many littering offenses. Cleworth says the city would not change its practice of warning people before citing them for littering under the new system.

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