Smokers are being reminded to get into the habit of discarding their cigarette butts inside their vehicles.  That's because a new Illinois law that took effect January 1st adds cigarette butts under the definition of litter.  Any person caught flicking them out the window whether it's lit or not will be cited.  

There is a rumor being spread on social media that it could mean a $1,500 fine.  Alton Police Public Information Officer Emily Hejna says that is correct… sort of.

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She says there are other items in the law that were further defined as litter, including but not limited to newspapers, magazines, glass, metal, plastic, debris, yard waste, refuse and garbage.

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