Swat-A-Litterbug program sees increase in swatting

Posted June 29, 2009 5:08 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Department of Transportation continues to see an increase in the number of roadside littering incidents reported through its Swat-A-Litterbug program.

More than 5,100 littering reports were made from Jan. 1 through June 11, which is nearly 2,000 more reports than were submitted during the same time period last year.

“The Swat-A-Litterbug program aims to educate motorists who fail to secure their loads or intentionally dispose of unwanted trash onto the state’s roadways, while also promoting the state’s efforts of reducing roadside litter,” Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said in a news release.

Motorists seen littering are sent a letter from the state Highway Patrol, which notifies recipients they were observed littering and informs them that littering is an illegal and fineable offense. Fines for littering range from $250 to $2,000 and can include a point on the offender’s driver license, as well as community service work.

Information required to make a report includes the vehicle's license plate number, date and time of the incident, street name, city (if applicable), county and kind of littering observed.

To call in a Swat-A-Litterbug report, dial 1-877-DOT-4YOU.