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Police chief gives man 575 reasons not to throw cigarettes out of car window


Brian Niemietz
New York Daily News

This Canadian police chief is kicking butts and taking names.

A motorist who tossed his burning cigarette out of his car window got 575 reasons not to do it again, compliments of Victoria police chief Del Manak.

“575 reasons not to throw your lit cigarette out the car window in front of @vicpdcanada,” Manak posted on Twitter along with a photo of the $575 traffic ticket he handed out on Quadra St., citing a violation of the region’s wildfire act. The description of offences stated “drop, release or mishandle burning substance.”

According to Manak, the litterbug he pulled over argued that he’d tossed the burning cigarette from his window because he didn’t want to risk burning the interior of his automobile.

“Then don’t smoke in your car,” the officer said he told the driver.

Among the Twitter users who praised Manak for busting the butt-chucking driver was Saanich, B.C., deputy fire chief Dan Wood.

“Well done Chief,” he tweeted. Wood said the ticket “will certainly have this driver rethinking options for safely disposing lit cigarettes.”

When another Twitter user criticized Manak for being “drunk with power,” the police chief wrote back that he could have also charged the litterbug $138 for speeding, but gave him a pass.


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