Fines May Increase for Dumping Trash on Utah Highways

Fines May Increase for Dumping Trash on Utah Highways

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Tom Callan Reporting Later today, a state transportation committee will consider new fines for drivers who use the highways as a dump.

Flying mattresses, propane tanks rolling like logs, just some of the junk out on the interstate. "In the year 2006, Salt Lake County Utah Highway Patrol alone responded to over 7,000 debris calls," Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Nigbur said.

Nigbur suggests the highways should not be a place for frustrated shoplifters. "When we get in December you'll see a lot of Christmas trees out on the road that fall out of the back of trucks," he said.

Senator Pat Jones is calling for higher fines if you don't strap it in and nail it down.

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