It happened just recently in Victoria and the driver was fined for a “wildfire act,” as the tweet below shows. It comes from Victoria Police Chief Del Manak, who actually witnessed the driver tossing the butt out the window on Highway 17.
Del Manak showed no leniency for the guy.
“575 reasons to not throw your lit cigarette out the car window in front of @vicpdcanada,” the chief writes in a caption to the photo. “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’.”
The post has gone viral since it went up, and for good reason. Both the driver’s gesture and his response show a lack of respect and consideration for everything else, from fellow motorists, authorities and the environment. Somehow, it’s ok for a forest to burn because he tossed a lit cigarette butt, but it’s uncool if his car did so if he put the butt out in the cup holder.
In one Twitter response Del Manak says he has nothing but respect for firefighters and the efforts that go into putting out a wildfire, hence his attitude towards cigarette butt tossers.
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