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Old 02-08-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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Yeah, pay the $100 and don't litter anymore.

Just wondering, but what did you think happens to all those cigarette butts you've been throwing out the window?
They get picked up by the sweeper trucks that come by.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:31 AM
 
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They get picked up by the sweeper trucks that come by.
I was thinking more like shredded to unrecognizable bits within hours and 100% bio-degraded within a couple days but that works too. I personally don't care too much when I see somebody do this in the city, but if there are some dry weeds nearby then I get a little upset. Wildfires are extremely common here in CA dry climate.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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So, every inch and mile of roadway is swept up by sweepers? Huh, I never knew that.

Plastic biodegrades in a few days? Wow, learn stuff every day.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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I was thinking more like shredded to unrecognizable bits within hours and 100% bio-degraded within a couple days but that works too. I personally don't care too much when I see somebody do this in the city, but if there are some dry weeds nearby then I get a little upset. Wildfires are extremely common here in CA dry climate.
Uhh... cigarette butts take at least 18 months and for some components 10 years if ever to completely break down.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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From CigaretteLitter.Org - The Facts About Cigarette Butts and Litter - Cigarette Litter

There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding cigarette butt litter. The biggest myth is that cigarette filters are biodegradable. In fact, cigarette butts are not biodegradable in the sense that most people think of the word. The acetate (plastic) filters can take many years to decompose. Smokers may not realize that their actions have such a lasting, negative impact on the environment.

This myth has been perpetuated not just by the wishful thinking of many smokers, but also by the cigarette companies, who have taken great pains to keep their customers in the dark on this issue. It is very common for highly littered items such as soda cans, snack wrappers, and fast food containers to have a simple "Please Don't Litter" message. You won't find such a message on cigarette packs. Although our contacts in the industry are at a loss as to why they can't take this simple step, our best guess is that they would prefer to leave their customers blissfully ignorant. Maybe they think that people will smoke fewer cigarettes if they have to be responsible for disposing of them. We think they ought to give their customers the benefit of the doubt. Smoking and littering do not have to be synonymous, as many smokers have proven by example. What happens after that butt gets casually flicked onto the street, nature trail, or beach? Typically wind and rain carry the cigarette into the water supply, where the toxic chemicals the cigarette filter was designed to trap leak out into aquatic ecosystems, threatening the quality of the water and many aquatic lifeforms. Cigarette butts may seem small, but with several trillion butts littered every year, the toxic chemicals add up!
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Miami....allegedly
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Wow, y'all are harsh.
Most cops won't pull you over for doing that. Seems like you just got pulled over by a jerk.
pfft....yeah, you're right. It's only a law and everything. But it's one of those "optional" ones that they put in there for when Police Officers are having a bad day and just feel like being nasty.
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:19 PM
 
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pfft....yeah, you're right. It's only a law and everything. But it's one of those "optional" ones that they put in there for when police officers are having a bad day and just feel like being nasty.
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Hi everyone,

I am in Lincoln and last week at night I was pulled over while driving down a busy street. The officer fined me over $100 for throwing a cigarette butt out the window. I never knew I could get fined for that and I asked for a warning but they wouldn't give me one. Now I know better, of course. Would I have a decent chance at fighting this ticket? I've never heard of people getting such fines so I don't know how difficult it is to fight it. But I just think the fine is ridiculous for one cigarette. I would have to take off work if I went to court for this so I want to be confident that I have a good shot at challenging this.
I have never understood how smokers do not realize that throwing your cigarette butts on the ground is littering.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:17 PM
 
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So, every inch and mile of roadway is swept up by sweepers? Huh, I never knew that.

Plastic biodegrades in a few days? Wow, learn stuff every day.
No, of course not. I'm not stupid and implying I am is offensive. Keep your snark to yourself.
Most city streets ARE swept by sweepers. I know someone who drives one.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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pfft....yeah, you're right. It's only a law and everything. But it's one of those "optional" ones that they put in there for when Police Officers are having a bad day and just feel like being nasty.
How many times have you gone 1 mile over the speed limit? How many times have you been pulled over for doing it?
Yes, it's against the law. There's no argument about that. But most police officers have better things to do then pull over someone for flicking a cigarette out a window.
Believe it or not there's worse things a person can do.

You're making a mountain out of a molehill.
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