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Reader Poll for May 5, through May 14, 2005

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IVLV staff was conversing with an elected official today and they mentioned how the Las Vegas street littering law should carry a fine of at least $750 or more. This includes those people smoking who think the entire world is their ash tray. What do you think about cracking down on Las Vegas litter bugs and what should the fine be made to fit the crime?
Reader Poll Replies:

I think the fine should be in the thousands to make people respect the best city in the world.  Glenda B.  FL

* As a long time visitor to Las Vegas, I remember the very first time that my family visited. Our first impression, after the Wow factor wore off, was how the streets were littered with garbage. In front of the main Casinos it wasn't as bad, but in between resorts, it was like a mini garbage dump.  Over the last few years, it has improved somewhat. Maybe because the casino's have expanded and cleaned up some of the former "dead" areas, still the strip is pretty dirty compared to most cities. Most of the litter is from the escort cards and handouts that people discard. You are not going to clean up the litter problem until you address the people who hand it out. Maybe having more litter cans and attaching a hefty permit fee, to the "company's" who are handing the garbage, to help pay for cleanup, or put more pressure on these people to police themselves, like that will ever happen...  As to the people that think the world is their ashtray, when caught, give them a choice of a $500 ticket or a lesser fine and punishment by having them clean up 100X of what they discarded....well, that was wishful thinking.... Still Love your city,  Daryl & Sue  West Palm Beach, Florida

* Cracking down on litter bugs is NEEDED. There should be a two-fold summons issued. One that will hit their wallet ($50) and one that will hit their most valued possession... and that is time! The litter bugs should have to watch a 1 hour show on littering. Some sort of show at a central location should be shown daily and the litterbugs would have to go watch it. This is probably more critical than the fine. Most people will pay the fine and forget about it... but if they have to sit through a movie that explains why littering is BAD... then they will remember their deed. The last thing you want to do is turn off the folks in a way where they would not want to come back to Vegas and this solution is more favorable to all involved.  Vincent Mandile  Bronx NY

* The cigarette butt's are annoying, but NOT AS ANNOYING as all the naked girl cards all over the street, will those company's get fined too? And will there be a tiered fine, from someone throwing a soda can to all those cards and magazines? Will someone get a $50 fine for a soda can to $1,000 or more for the other items? The officials really have to think about.  Rachel  Las Vegas

* Being from the East coast and only getting to my favorite city 1 or 2 times every year, I was amazed the last two times we were out. There were piles of pornographic magazines, advertisements and pictures laying everywhere. It was raining the one evening and things were even getting slippery from the paperwork over the entire street. I blame the people hired to hand out this crap and the people they work for. If a law was passed to do away with the handouts from the porn clubs - Las Vegas would be spotless! I remember years ago you never saw all this stuff and now it's everywhere, you walk past and they stick the books in your arm - no wonder everyone drops them! 99.9% of the people on the strip don't even want to see the stuff let alone hold it. Maybe the politicians are looking at the wrong people - it's not the tourist - it's the PR people!  Marge Sobjak  Reading, PA

Hi Richard.  As an answer to your question this week newsletter. A fine for littering
should definitely be imposed Regardless of where we live we should have some regard for keeping our surroundings clean and neat and as you stated not use the streets as our personal ashtrays. On the strip it would be advisable to have waste baskets every 200 feet and if someone is caught throwing litter on the sidewalk they should definitely be fined. If they are fined once a hefty fine, you can be sure that they will not do it second time without thinking of the consequences. Take Care.  Bev K

* I really think the fine should be higher. In Washington state the fine is $1000.00 for litter and can be more for throwing cigarette butts out car windows. For throwing trash on sidewalks the fines should be higher and more so for cigarette butts. A city like Las Vegas attracts a lot of people and if everyone threw trash on the side walk, imagine what that would look like. I have to admit that the sidewalks of Las Vegas are pretty clean considering the amount of traffic everyday. Having fines for litter and cigarette butts would make them cleaner.  Jacqueline Wilkins

I think 750.00 is to high and 50. 00 dollars is good.  I don't smoke but we need to quit picking on all the smokers.  G.J. Smith

I smoke and quite frankly I do throw my butts out the window. but never paper, cups, wrappers, ect. now $750 is kinda excessive in any persons book. I do agree that fines should be levied against those that litter. (except butts of course ha) catching them is the thing. I've seen almost every day of my driving life someone throw something out the window. Never once however have I seen a law official pull someone over for it. you may need a special unit. but yes I agree, a fine would be good, but no, not $750, maybe $100 or so. catching the culprit is the problem though. and please leave me alone with my butts.  Watcherboy

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