SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County officers wrote dozens of citations during a litter enforcement campaign in April.
The Environmental Enforcement Department Director said litter officers issued 78 citations.
“We had a lot of cigarette butt charges, we had a lot of the zero to fifteen pounds, we also had a lot of illegal dumping charges,” said Jamie Nelson. “We had a little bit of everything that comes across us – unsecured loads. So, of the 78, a lot of those were actually moving violations. A lot of them were actually non-commercial vehicles hauling trash and losing litter along the roadways.”
He said staff would work special details, were they place an officer at an intersection waiting to view someone tossing something out a car window, and the officer will then notify support a officer to pull the violator over and address the issue.
“As law enforcement we want everybody to be in self compliance, so if that’s what we’re looking for, we didn’t do very good,” said Nelson. “But if you’re looking at people that we gave some ‘act right’ to then we did very well there.”
He said after the initial litter related violation, officers also issued 22 secondary violations.
“After you make the initial stop with whomever, you discover they’re either driving under suspension, the vehicle doesn’t have any insurance, they may have a warrant,” said Nelson. “During this operation we also ended up taking two individuals to jail – one was as a result of the initial stop and the individual along with him had a warrant out of Cherokee County.
He said officers also removed over 13 tons of roadside litter within the county, issued 25 written warnings, and 15 animal control citations.
“I don’t want anybody to get hung up on those 78 citations because in March we wrote 72, so my guys are out there everyday,” said Nelson.