LETTER: Smarten up when disposing of lit cigarettes

Driver who flicked lit cigarette into dry grass ignorant to risks, says reader

On Monday, I was driving downtown and was stopped at a red light at Tillicum Road and the Trans-Canada Highway.

In front of me was a small Toyota, and I saw the driver flick a lit cigarette out the window. After I realized what I had witnessed, and I laid on the horn, he looked at me in the rearview mirror and shrugged. (After all, it was clear I was the nut!)

We have paid huge dollars for fire fighting including bringing firefighters from Australia. Areas of Vancouver Island are tinder dry and we haven’t had much appreciable rain since June.

The province (we paid for this) is running a TV campaign showing NOT to do just exactly what this driver did. We are paying big bucks to fight fires and build public awareness. But that only applies to others, it seems.

This is obviously the same person that wastes water, doesn’t recycle his garbage and drives to the corner store while texting his wife about their plans for the evening.

Days of fighting fires in the Interior while watching people lose their homes seems justifiable to this kind of person, I suppose.

D. A. Moxley

Saanich