California Dolphin: statewide California news

Want to pick up trash? Tossing a lit cigarette out of your car can lead to community service

Q: Beaumont resident Ronnie Zacker asked why people who throw lit cigarettes out their car windows are not cited, arrested or punished. He called this type of littering a form of arson and said that considering California’s dry, drought condition, this should be enforced.
A: First of all, throwing a lit cigarette from the vehicle is indeed illegal, as per California Vehicle Code section 23111, which says, “No person in any vehicle and no pedestrian shall throw or discharge from or upon any road or highway or adjoining area, public or private, any lighted or nonlighted cigarette, cigar, match, or any flaming or glowing substance.”
To arrest an offender, a law enforcement officer has to witness the act, said Riverside-area California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Olivas, adding that when he sees this happening, he always cites the driver. Enforcement is simply a matter of an officer seeing the littering, and of course, CHP officers can’t be everywhere at all times. Thus, this law is hard to enforce, Olivas said.
Those caught and convicted face significant punishment for this infraction. CVC section 42001.7 spells out the penalties. The mandatory fine for a first offense is $100 to $1,000 and the offender has to clean up litter or graffiti for at least eight hours. The mandatory fine for a second offense is $500 to $1,000 plus at least 16 hours of graffiti or litter cleanup. The mandatory fine for a third offense or more is $750 to $1,000 plus at least 24 hours of litter or graffiti cleanup. The cleanup/community service part of the sentence was enacted to serve as a deterrent due to the potential fire hazard.
Q: Han Nguyen of Pomona said he recently bought a car from a dealership that offered to tint all four of the car’s side windows, including the driver’s side, and the back windshield. Nguyen said he asked the dealership staff if this was legal and they said yes. He asked On the Road to confirm this.
A. It’s a good thing our reader checked because he might have had legal trouble had he allowed the dealer to tint the car’s front windows. Window tinting is never legal in California when applied to the left and right side front windows or the front windshield (with a slight exception of a small top section of a front windshield where window tinting is allowed).
Drivers with dark tinted front windows or a tinted windshield are breaking the law. The vehicle code says, “A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows. Another part of the law specifically outlaws anything “that obstructs or reduces the driver’s clear view through the windshield or side windows.”
Having front windows that are not tinted dark makes it safer for law enforcement officers to see the driver or to see into a car as police approach.
Rest Area Update
As of Sept. 12, the Clyde V. Kane Rest Area on the southbound side of the 15 Freeway north of Barstow was closed due to sewage backing up in the crossover pipe which leads to the northbound sewage lift station, according to Caltrans. It was discovered that the crossover pipe cracked, allowing for rocks and dirt to fill the pipe, causing a severe blockage. According to Caltrans, the northbound Clyde V. Kane Rest Area is expected to remain open until repairs are completed. The Valley Wells Rest Area north of Baker is also open for service.
Do you commute to work in the Inland Empire? Spend a lot of time in your vehicle? Have questions about driving, freeways, toll roads or parking? If so, write or call On the Road and we’ll try to answer your questions. Please include your question or issue, name, city of residence, phone number and email address. Write ontheroad@pe.com or call 951-368-9670.
Related Articles





Why isn’t the new section of the 210 Freeway called Interstate 210?









Fees are low for vintage car owners using Year of Manufacture license plates









Illegally parked cars blocking your driveway? Here’s what to do




 

Top News

Ain't No God; don't even think about theism

UnFox News: not a propaganda arm of the Republican party