A Canadian driver was charged with a hefty fine after a police chief caught him tossing a cigarette out the window last Saturday.
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
Del Manak, the chief of police in Victoria, tweeted Saturday that he fined the driver C$575 ($435) while the two were traveling down a highway.
“575 reasons not to throw your lit cigarette out the car window,” Manak tweeted, to which the driver replied, “I didn’t want my car to burn.”
“Then don’t smoke in your car,” the police chief said.
Manak issued the ticket for violating the Wildfire Act under British Columbia law, which in this instance, calls for steep fines for those who fail to put out a fire, USA Today reported.
If a lit cigarette sparks a wildfire within British Columbia, the penalties can be even worse.
The Vancouver Sun reported that it is the second time within a year that Manak has allegedly issued a fine to someone who threw a lit cigarette outside the window of a vehicle.