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    Default Should I report it?

    I saw a driver throw a lit cigarette butt out of their car as we were crawling along the M1 this morning here in Melbourne. The traffic came to a stop so I quickly got the car's rego. If you were me, would you report it to the EPA? Part of me is angry that someone could be so stupid and selfish (height of the fire danger period for starters, the grass beside the FWY is incredibly dry, not to mention that it's littering). But then part of me wonders if I'd be wrecking someone's week if they got a fine of anywhere between roughly $300 to $600. But then again if that cigarette butt had caused a spot fire then it would've impacted LOADS of people as it was right in the middle of peak hour. The traffic is bad enough on the M1 during peak hour when there's no accidents. Throw in a roadside fire and NOBODY is getting to work on time, and the fire brigade is using up their time and resources on something that could've easily been prevented.

    What would you do?

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    I think I'd call police link and ask for their advice..

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    I would report it. I hate people who litter, think it's the height of arrogance.
    Don't want the fine? Then don't throw cigarette butts out the car window.

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    Honestly? No I wouldn't. Sadly in my experience nothing will happen and you'll just get more frustrated by wasting your time.

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    I don't think they can give a fine just on your word? So I probably wouldn't.

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    In Victoria, the EPA runs a program of reporting littering, including cigarette butts.
    All you need is date, time, place and car rego. If you see someone litter after leaving a car, or just prior to entering, the rego can also be used to identify the litterer and enforce a fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnaby View Post
    I don't think they can give a fine just on your word? So I probably wouldn't.
    As a PP said, yes they can here in Victoria. My mum has dobbed in lots of people. The person given the fine can opt to take their case to court, and the 'reporter' has to be willing to give evidence in court, but to date nobody that my mum has reported has ever disputed it. The report to the EPA is anonymous though, the offender is never given their details.

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    I'd report them. Lazy and careless to be honest. I have no tolerance for selfish people who are too ignorant to realise the possible ramifications of lit cigarettes.

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    Wife of a firey here and I'd report it for sure. It's careless and stupid.

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    I would report them. I know too many people who have come so close to losing their homes because of fires started by irresponsible people.


 

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