LODI (CBS13) – Jail time for illegal dumping of garbage in San Joaquin County could be on the horizon for drivers.
The county council is working on a proposal that would create tougher penalties for illegal dumping and transporting waste.
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The new rules would be welcomed by Mason Mayer, an employee of Lodi vineyards, who says waste is bad for business.
“People [are] throw their garbage on the side of the road – bed sets and dishwashers. People pull their trailers to the back of the field and throw them everywhere, âMason explains.
However, the San Joaquin County lawyer is doing something about it.
The council tasked the district attorney’s and sheriff’s office to draft new rules that would strengthen penalties for illegal dumping.
“It is unfair and irresponsible for people to think that they can just pick up trash and throw it where they want,” said San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar.
Violators could soon see higher fines, have their vehicles impounded and even face jail time.
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Salazar says it starts with catching people in the act.
“It is difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt to 12 jurors that this person was responsible for the illegal dumping,” says Tori, who explains that the district attorney’s office and the county sheriff’s office will start by following the plaques. registration.
âIf we can catch someone throwing in and get the license plate, that will be strict liability,â Tori said.
This means that whether the owner is driving or not, he will be held responsible.
âDon’t let people like that borrow your car, I guess,â Mayer says.
CBS13 asked Salazar how she would react to those who might think the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
âYou are polluting our most viable resources: our air, our soil and our water. It’s not being a good citizen, âsays Tori, who explains that they also plan to monitor any illegal waste haulage business, warning neighbors to be aware of these fraudulent services.
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Tori says the new rules could be in place in the coming weeks.