Smokers will be fined for tossing lit cigarettes

Under the provincial Wildfire Act it is illegal to “drop, release or mishandle a burning substance.”

  • Jul. 9, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Sooke Mounties are enforcing bylaws to help prevent wildfires.

Dropping smouldering cigarette and cigar butts on streets, highways and trails can net some hefty fines, especially during extreme dry weather when they can spark raging wildfires within minutes.

“We will be enforcing these laws,” said Cpl. Andrew Baylis.

The laws apply to not only drivers of motor vehicles but their passengers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

Under the provincial Wildfire Act it is illegal to “drop, release or mishandle a burning substance.”

People doing so can be fined $173.

Even if the item is not lit, but disposed of from a motor vehicle, violators can also be fined $81 for littering under the provincial Motor Vehicle Act or through a municipal littering bylaw.

People who see anyone improperly disposing of lit cigarettes are asked to call Sooke RCMP non-emergency line at 250-642-5241 and provide the licence plate number of the vehicle, vehicle description, a description of the driver, what direction the vehicle was travelling and its last known location.

– with files from Black Press

 

 

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