Georgia is fighting back against the illegal dumping of scrap tires along streets and highways.
A group of elected officials, including a member of the Atlanta City Council and state lawmakers, discussed the new state law at a Tuesday news conference at the State Capitol.
Under the law, if you're hauling more than ten tires -- without a new green decal and the appropriate paperwork -- police have the authority to pull you over.
Discarded scrap tires create blight in Atlanta and communities across Georgia, “State Senator Nan Orrock said in a statement.
Orrock said, “State laws have been strengthened to better track the storage, hauling, and disposing of used tires. Clarified regulations will help the hard working men and women in this industry comply with the law. And we are very committed to assist cities and counties to curb illegal scrap tire dumps that threaten neighborhoods and property values.”
Offenders face a misdemeanor charge which could equate to a $1000 fine and up to six months in jail.
People discard $10,000,000 in scrap tires on Georgia streets and highways every year.