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Two drivers in the Interior slapped with fines for tossing cigarettes

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CLEARWATER - Despite the consistent warnings about the hot, dry conditions this fire season, some drivers still aren't getting the message.

RCMP traffic members from Clearwater issued two fines to separate drivers for discarding their lit cigarette butts from their vehicles this past week.

In one cast, police were following a vehicle near Clearwater when an officer watched the driver toss a lit cigarette out of his vehicle, according to an RCMP media release.

Police say the Alberta driver told the officer he had just purchased the vehicle in B.C. and was returning home to Alberta. He said the vehicle wasn't equipped with an ashtray. He was slapped with a $575 ticket and given a "lengthy lecture" by police.

On a different occasion in Barriere, police were conducting a road check and spoke to a B.C. driver. As the vehicle was leaving, police saw the driver toss a lit cigarette out of the vehicle. Police say officers kept the driver there and issued him a $575 fine.

"The RCMP will continue to issue fines to motorists who demonstrate irresponsible behaviour that contributes to increased wildfire risks," Cpl. Steven Schenkeveld says in the release. "Violations of the Wildfire Act and Wildfire Regulations in B.C. will result in fines up to $1,150."

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