Drivers beware

A Victoria driver was handed a $575 fine for violating B.C.’s Wildfire Act by throwing a cigarette butt out of his car.

Victoria police chief issues $575 ticket to motorist accused of throwing lit cigarette from car

For the second time in less than a year, Victoria’s police chief has popped someone for allegedly tossing a lit cigarette out of their car window.

This time, Del Manak handed the driver a $575 ticket for violating B.C.’s Wildfire Act.

The incident happened about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday on Highway 17 near Quadra Street, according to a partial picture of the ticket that Manak posted on Twitter.

“Five-hundred-and-seventy-five reasons to not throw your lit cigarette out the car window in front of @vicpdcanada,” he wrote. “Happened in front of me on the (highway.)

“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.’ ”

Saanich Deputy Fire Chief Dan Wood thanked Manak on Twitter for sending a strong message about the safe disposal of cigarettes.

One person, however, was less impressed, referring to such fines as the “stupidest tickets ever.”

“Not buying it,” Manak replied. “I don’t set the prescribed fine amount and I actually did use some discretion. I could have also written him a $138-speeding ticket.

“I was polite and respectful, and he got the ticket he deserved (including) some education on how wildfires can start.

“End of story.”

It’s the second time Manak has highlighted the issue on social media.

Last September, he took to Twitter after pulling a driver over for tossing out a lit cigarette at a traffic light and then speeding away.

In that case, Manak said he gave the driver a break by writing a $138-speeding ticket and an $81 ticket for littering, instead of the stiffer $575 penalty under the act.

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