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Upstate Sheriff Cracks Down On Litter Problem

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Deputies in one Upstate county will soon be on the lookout for criminals of a different kind:  litter bugs.  Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw has directed his deputies to start cracking down on people who toss trash onto county roadways and property.  "It's a big problem," says Sheriff's Office spokesman, Jimmy Watt.  The county has partnered with the Keep Oconee Beautiful Association as part of a statewide anti-litter campaign sponsored by Palmetto Pride.  Watt says the offense is a crime, and deputies will have zero tolerance for those caught littering.  "Litter is not just an eyesore, it can lead to crime in certain areas," he says.  "If we can reduce litter in those areas, we can perhaps prevent criminals from coming there."

The Sheriff's Office already has one officer dedicated to litter enforcement.  Crenshaw also plans to use inmates to assist in litter pickup in the county.

Watt admits it can be difficult to catch those who violate the litter ordinance, but says deputies will be vigilant.  "We're going to send the message that this is a crime," he says.  The penalty for littering can be more than a $1000 fine and up to a year in jail, or both.

The Sheriff is also urging residents to turn in anyone they believe is littering.  You can call the Sheriff's Office at (864) 638-4111 or the state Litter Busters Hotline at 1-877-7-LITTER.

Palmetto Pride tells Seven on your Side that in 2012, state agencies reported they wrote 168 tickets for littering violaters.  They issued 597 warnings.  The agency also received more than 3,000 calls to their litter hotline that year.

 

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