Littering or throwing things on the highways

Littering rules apply to everyone, even to pedestrians.

Below are the rules regarding littering:

  • It is illegal for anyone (a person in a vehicle or a pedestrian) to throw out any lighted or non-lighted cigarette, cigar, match, or any flaming or glowing substance. (VC Section 23111)
  • It is illegal for anyone to dump or throw item(s) such as bottles, can, garbage, glass, nail, offal, paper, wire, or anything that creates any possibility of damaging or injuring others on a highway. (VC Section 23112)
  • Any person who throws any item(s) at a vehicle or any passenger of a vehicle on a highway is guilty of a misdemeanor. (VC Section 23110)

Below are the fines due to littering:

First conviction
By a mandatory fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and at least eight (8) hours of community service picking up litter or cleaning up graffiti.

Second conviction
By a mandatory fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 and at least 16 hours of community service picking up litter or cleaning up graffiti.

Third conviction.
By a mandatory fine of not less than $750 nor more than $1,000 and at least 24 hours of community service picking up litter or cleaning up graffiti.