Motorists continue to throw cigarette butts out window despite fire risk

By Vanessa Ybarra
August 4, 2017 - 5:39pm Updated: August 4, 2017 - 6:46pm

KAMLOOPS — Despite the extreme fire danger throughout the Southern Interior Kamloops RCMP say some motorists continue to throw their cigarette butts out the window.


Corporal Jodi Shelkie says they received 30 calls in July from people who saw a driver throwing a cigarette butt out the window.

She says those caught can expect to face a hefty fine.

"Under the Wildfire Cct they can be fined $575 for disposing a cigarette out of their motor vehicle," said Shelkie. "There's also other fines that can be imposed for littering on a highway which is $173 but given the conditions we have right now we would be fining somebody under the Wildfire Act."

Shelkie says Kamloops RCMPrequire the full license plate number of a person in question in order to issue a fine.

"Unfortunately most times people don't get a license plate number or they only get a partial plate of the license plate," added Shelkie. "We need that full plate number so if they can get the total plate number and a descrpition of the vehicle that would be best for us to follow through."

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