Two drivers are $575 poorer after being handed tickets by police for flicking cigarette butts out of the window of their vehicles.
Del Manak, Victoria’s police chief, says he saw a parked driver in the 22oo block of Quadra Street on Aug. 25 flick a lit cigarette out of the window, which then landed on a grass median.
“I put it out & wrote $575 ticket,” Manak wrote on Twitter. “Driver – I have no ashtray in car. I see people [do] it all the time. I was planning to get out to put it out after I got off the phone.”
One week earlier on Aug. 18, Saanich Police issued a ticket for the same thing on the Trans-Canada Highway and McKenzie Avenue.
Saanich Police shared the ticket, and used it as a reminder for people to remember the current fire risk and the number of wildfires burning across the province.
2/2 the most awkward part was as follows: driver asking for a warning, stating it isn’t a serious matter, he’s seen lots of others do the same and they were never fined.
Driver – “I want to talk to a supervisor!”
Officer standing with me – “Sir, he’s the Chief!”
Driver – silence
— Del Manak (@ChiefManak) August 25, 2023
Please discard your cigarette butts accordingly, and not out your car window. Especially given the current fire ratings here in Saanich and across our province. #bcwildfires pic.twitter.com/BkZCD97soH
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) August 24, 2023