The Lawn Care Flub That Could Get You Fined In Illinois
Look at these photos and try and guess what's wrong.
Even though we're halfway through summer many people are ignoring a law, maybe because "it's no big deal." If you're "that guy/girl" make sure you finish the lawn maintenance job of removing grass from the road. Failing to skip that final step could get you fined for littering with a first time fee of up to $1,500. A third offense could land you in jail, according to IllinoisPolicy.org,
...the third time, it’s a felony that can come with a one-to-three year jail sentence and a $25,000 fine.
Not only is grass in the road an eyesore, it's also dangerous. In fact, you might be surprised about what is categorized as litter. The actual law states the following:
Litter means any discarded, used or unconsumed substance or waste. Litter may include, but is not limited to, any garbage, trash, refuse, cigarettes, debris, rubbish, grass clippings or other lawn or garden waste, newspaper, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging construction material, abandoned vehicle (as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code), motor vehicle parts, furniture, oil, carcass of a dead animal, any nauseous or offensive matter of any kind, any object likely to injure any person or create a traffic hazard, potentially infectious medical waste as defined in Section 3.360 of the Environmental Protection Act, or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature, which has been discarded, abandoned or otherwise disposed of improperly.
Lesson: If you mow a lawn make sure you've cleaned all remnants from the road.