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ADOT makes it easier to report drivers who litter with new online tool

Posted: 3:11 PM, Apr 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-17 18:22:21-04
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TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Department of Transportation’s Litter Hotline has a new online home that makes it even easier for the public to report drivers who throw trash out of vehicles on state highways.

Visiting the new mobile-friendly litter.AZ.gov allows the public to quickly report what they've seen with just a few details, including the license plate number of the offending vehicle, the time and location where the offense has taken place, and the type of litter that was discarded. Examples that are offered up in the automated chat window when reporting, include cigarette butts, fast food containers, plastic bottles, plastic bags, styrofoam, and construction debris.

With the information provided, ADOT will send a letter to the owner of the vehicle reminding them that littering is illegal and can result in a $500 fine when spotted by law enforcement and that roadside trash makes a poor impression on residents and out-of-state visitors. ADOT includes a litter bag suitable for use in a vehicle and a reminder that it costs taxpayers $4 million a year to clean up litter from the highways in our state.

The reporting tool is also available by calling the toll-free hotline at 877-354-8837.

The data compiled from the reports received online and via the hotline will help ADOT learn more about littering trends.