Letter to Editor;
The proliferation of roadside shrines has got to be viewed for what it is (littering).If a person was to throw from a moving vehicle onto the shoulder of the (county owned road) several plastic, glass and paper items we as a society would expect that person to be issued a ticket for littering. Yet people continue to STOP their vehicles on the shoulder of the (county owned road) and carefully place various plastic, glass and paper items around an imaginary area and they are not issued a ticket. I do not understand how one group of people thinks that it is above the law. Anyone can believe as much myth, dogma, rhetoric and three thousand year old stories as they wish , that is what makes America great, but these fanatics need to realize that laws on the books of the great state of California apply to ALL people. You do not get a littering exemptions because someone you knew died on the side of the road. If the person in question would put a fraction of the energy they put into believing myth into the study of the DMV drivers handbook and then paid attention while on the road there would be no need for these UNSIGHTLY, OFFENSIVE AND ILLEGAL messes along our roads.
California Vehicle Code Division 16.5 -
Article 6. Littering and Environmental Protection
Throwing, Depositing, or Dumping Matter
38320. (a) No person shall throw or deposit, nor shall the registered owner or the driver, if such owner is not then present in the vehicle, aid or abet in the throwing or depositing, upon any area, public or private, any bottle, can, garbage, glass, nail, offal, paper, wire, any substance likely to injure or kill wild or domestic animal or plant life or damage traffic using such area, or any noisome, nauseous or offensive matter of any kind
(b) No person shall place, deposit or dump, or cause to be placed, deposited or dumped, any rocks or dirt in or upon any area, public or private, without the consent of the property owner or public agency having jurisdiction over the area.
(c) Any person who violates this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50). No part of such fine shall be suspended. The court may permit the fine required by this section to be paid in installments if the court determines that the defendant is unable to pay the fine in one lump sum.
Amended Ch. 1092, Stats. 1983. Effective September 26, 1983. Operative January 1, 1984.
Removal of Material
38321. (a) Any person who drops, dumps, deposits, places, or throws, or causes or permits to be dropped, dumped, deposited, placed, or thrown, upon any area, any material described in Section 38320, shall immediately remove the material or cause it to be removed.
(b) If such person fails to comply with the provisions of this section, the governmental agency responsible for the maintenance of the area, or the property owner of the land on which the material has been deposited, may remove such material and collect, by civil action, if necessary, the actual cost of the removal operation in addition to any other damages authorized by law from the person who did not comply with the requirements of this section