D.C. to crackdown on littering

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who toss their trash onto a District of Columbia sidewalk or yard could soon get a pricey ticket from police.

D.C. police are beginning a pilot project on Sunday to crack down on littering. For the first month of the program, police will issue warnings to pedestrians and motorists who litter.

Beginning June 1, anyone who litters in the police department's Fourth District, covering much of Ward 4 and part of Ward 5, could be issued a $75 ticket or face arrest under the pilot program. Those who refuse to cooperate with an officer could be fined an additional $100 to $250 if convicted.

The police department also vows to continue citywide enforcement of a law against littering from a vehicle. That offense carries a $100 traffic ticket.