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Increased Actions against Littering Deliver Results

Increased police actions in downtown Reykjavík against littering, urinating in public and other indecent behavior are delivering results; 665 such violations have been registered this year, worth about ISK 3 million (USD 48,000, EUR 33,000) in fines.

Generally, each fine for the above violations costs ISK 10,000 (USD 160, EUR 109), but if the violation is considered serious, the fine may double to ISK 20,000 (USD 321, EUR 218), Fréttabladid reports.

Police first began increasing supervision and making punishment more severe in downtown Reykjavík last summer in reaction to the growing problem of littering and violent behavior in the city center.

To speed up the handling of such cases, lawyers working for the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police are on call during weekends, so people caught by police can pay their fines immediately at the police station.

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