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BC May Fine Drivers Who Flick Lit Cigarette Butts From Cars

BC May Fine Drivers Who Flick Lit Cigarette Butts From Cars

The BC Government is dealing with the heat of the moment, as the current wildfire season has been one of the most brutal in recent years.

According to a press release by the BC Government, as of July 14, fire crews have responded to 1,083 fires throughout the province – compared to 523 at the same time a year ago. Of those fires, 375 are reportedly human caused, leading to an estimated 43,718 hectares going up in flames.

Within the release, a former law enforcement officer reveals that the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is requesting to look at the current structure of fines and penalties for people who cause wildfires, and consider new ways to crack down on careless acts.

We must send a clear message to those that carelessly start wildfires that their behaviour will not be tolerated.

Should we double the fine for failing to extinguish a campfire? Should we ban those who break campfire bans from using our provincial parks? Should we impound the vehicles of those who flick lit cigarette butts from their car windows? These are serious actions, but I think we need to at least consider them to send the message that enough is enough.

The vast majority of British Columbians are respectful, careful people who help protect our forests from devastating wildfires. But there are still too many individuals who haven’t heard the message and continue to make careless decisions that lead to wildfires.

While it’s tough to legislate against stupidity, exploring harsher penalties for careless acts is typically one of the most effective ways of getting the message out.

What are your thoughts on new potential penalties for careless behavior? Should drivers who flick lit cigarette butts from their car windows be fined? Share your two cents in the comments below!

 

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