(a) No person shall deposit, discard, or otherwise dispose of used tires in violation of § 37-15-6. Any person convicted of a first violation of this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500), be ordered to pick up tires so disposed in the community for not less than eight (8) nor more than thirty-two (32) hours, be imprisoned for a period not to exceed ten (10) days or by any combination of fine, community pick-up, and/or imprisonment.

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 37-15-7.1

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Litter: means garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, ashes, cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, automobile parts, furniture, glass, or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature thrown, dropped, discarded, placed, or deposited by a person on public property, on private property not owned by the person, or in or on waters of the state, unless the person has:

    (i) Been directed to do so by a public official as part of a litter collection drive;

    (ii) Discarded, thrown, dropped, placed, or discarded the material in a litter receptacle in a manner that prevented the material from being carried away by the elements; or

    (iii) Been issued a license or permit covering the material pursuant to chapters 18. See Rhode Island General Laws 37-15-3

  • Person: means any natural person, political subdivision, government agency, public or private corporation, partnership, joint venture, association, firm, individual proprietorship, or other entity whatsoever. See Rhode Island General Laws 37-15-3

(b) Any person convicted of a second violation of this section shall be subject to a fine not less than three hundred dollars ($300) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500), be ordered to pick up tires so disposed in the community for not less than sixteen (16), nor more than forty (40) hours, and/or be imprisoned for a period of not to exceed thirty (30) days, or by any combination of fine, community pick-up, and/or imprisonment.

(c) Any person convicted of a third or subsequent violation of this section shall be subject to a fine not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), be ordered to pick up tires so disposed in the community for not less than twenty-four (24), nor more than eighty (80) hours, and/or be imprisoned for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days, or by any combination of fine, community pick-up, and/or imprisonment.

(d) Jurisdiction to punish violators of the provisions of this chapter is conferred on the traffic tribunal.

(e) Any person convicted of a violation of this chapter shall, in addition to all other penalties, be liable for the removal or cost of removal of all litter illegally disposed of by that person. The traffic tribunal court may hold the registration of any vehicle owned by the violator and used in the act of littering until the aforementioned liability is satisfied.’

History of Section.
(P.L. 1993, ch. 222, § 1.)