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Union Co. Gets Grant To Buy Cameras That Help Catch People Who Litter

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UNION COUNTY, S.C. -

Union County is cracking down on litter bugs and using new technology to help law enforcement catch people who dump trash illegally.

700 acres of beautiful rolling hills in the country requires a lot of upkeep but James Inabinet didn't mind the labor until he realized other people are dumping their junk, for him to pick up.

“I saw people were dumping trash and I went through and found some names,” he said.

Union County Sheriff David Taylor said it been a problem there for years. Many people dump garbage at a road out in the country or a ravine instead of a recycling center.

“Trash breeds trash and if we clean up the litter we can clean up other things,” said Taylor.

Now a grant from Palmetto Pride is helping deputies bust people disposing of their trash in the wrong place.

Sheriff David Taylor said new cameras in deputy vehicles will also record unsecured trash in the back of a truck. That, Taylor said, is proof enough to make them pay.

We may write a ticket and say if you clean it up, we'll pay we just want to get the problem cleaned up,” said Taylor.

The patrol car cameras will use SD cards and will be able to record up to 30 seconds prior to an officer pressing record.

“We save taxpayers money we don't have to buy VHS tapes believe it or not they getting expensive,” said Sgt Jared Gilstrap.

Up until now deputies have used about 7 groundhog cameras. Deputies hide them at illegal dumping sites and catch the evidence on camera.

It's helped deputies make dozens of cases in previous years. In 2013 deputies made 20 littering cases. They found 37 in 2012.

Sheriff Taylor said whenever possible they use inmate labor but less trash to clean means fewer gas and bag costs.

Taylor said cases can be tried in Magistrates Court and offenders are subject to a fine.

The fine may be waived if you clean up your mess.

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