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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01-03-2016 12:08 #1
Should I report it?
01-03-2016 12:18 #2
I think I'd call police link and ask for their advice..
01-03-2016 12:27 #3
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.
01-03-2016 12:31 #4
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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01-03-2016 13:36 #5
I don't think they can give a fine just on your word? So I probably wouldn't.
01-03-2016 13:41 #6
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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01-03-2016 14:14 #7
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01-03-2016 14:45 #8
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.
01-03-2016 15:16 #9
Wife of a firey here and I'd report it for sure. It's careless and stupid.
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01-03-2016 15:18 #10
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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