A lit cigarette flicked out a window resulted in one hefty fine for a driver in Victoria, British Columbia, after a police chief caught him in the act.
Del Manak, chief of Victoria Police, described the encounter in a tweet, which he said happened in front of him Saturday on a highway in the district of Saanich. An image of the citation lists the fine: $575, or about $431 USD.
That's "575 reasons to not throw your lit cigarette out the car window in front of @vicpdcanada," Manak said.
"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 police chief added.
Dan Wood, chief of the Saanich Fire Department, thanked Manak for the message.
"A strong message and $ouch will certainly have this driver rethinking options for safely disposing lit cigarettes," he said in a tweeted response.
One Twitter respondent, Gordan Holmes, shot back at the chief, calling it one of the "stupidest tickets ever."
"Sometimes I think you guys are drunk with power," the Twitter user said.
Manak said he was "not buying it."
"I don't set the prescribed fine amount and I actually did use some discretion," Manak said, adding that the driver got some much-needed education on how wildfires start. "I could have also written him a $138 speeding ticket."
If a flicked cigarette or campfire sparks a wildfire in Canada, those responsible could be ordered to pay all the costs in court, Canada's CBC reported.
And Manak has cited cigarette tossers before: The police chief cited another driver last fall for throwing a lit smoke from the car while speeding, according to a September tweet.
"Sorry, but I can't ignore it when it happens in front of me," he said.
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