Driver Who “Didn’t Want His Car to Burn” Was Fined $430 For Throwing Lit Cigarette Out Window
575 reasons to not throw your lit cigarette out the car window in front of @vicpdcanada. Happened in front of me on the hwy. When asked why, driver replied, "I didn't want my car to burn" as he pointed to his cup holder in console. My response, "Then don't smoke in your car." pic.twitter.com/FhAGJHYX7w— Del Manak (@ChiefManak) June 9, 2019
In the wake of recent devastating wildfires, it’s no surprise that law enforcement is cracking down on potential burn hazards. A driver in Saanich, British Columbia was fined for tossing a lit cigarette out of his car because he “didn’t want his car to burn”.
The Drive reports that Victoria Police Chief, Del Manak, witnessed a driver throw a used cigarette out in front of his patrol car before he handed out the fine of $575 CAD (or around $430 USD) for “dropping, releasing, or mishandling a burning substance” which is a violation of the Wildfire Act.
When the driver responded saying he didn’t want to burn his cup holder, Manak responded and said: “Then don’t smoke in your car.”