Tossing a cigarette butt from the car window landed a smoking hot $575 ticket.
According to the driver, the ticket was “insane.”
According to the West Shore RCMP, tossing a burning cigarette out of a window is both wrong and illegal.
The driver was written up at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream for violating the Wildfire Act Section 3(1). The offense on the ticket was described as “drop, release or mishandle burning substance.”
Ouch. That’s got to burn!
According to the Wildfire Act, section 3(1) reads as follows:
Mishandling burning substances
3 (1) Except for the purpose of starting a fire in accordance with this Act or another enactment, a person must not start or risk starting an open fire in forest land or grass land, or within 1 km of forest land or grass land, by dropping, releasing or mishandling
(a) a burning substance, or
(b) any other thing that the person reasonably ought to know is likely to cause a fire.
The list of fines is available here.
The Tweet from the West Shore RCMP
— West Shore RCMP (@WestshoreRCMP) August 31, 2017