Online outrage after driver filmed flicking cigarette butt onto median in B.C.

Hundreds of wildfires are currently burning in British Columbia

As crews battle 450 wildfires across B.C., a video of a driver flicking what appears to be a cigarette butt out of their vehicle has prompted outrage online.

The incident appears to have taken place in Abbotsford just west of the No. 3 road exit in the westbound lanes. As traffic moves at slow speed, the driver ahead is seen flicking a white object that appears to be a cigarette butt onto the median. The video was posted on Facebook Saturday and has since gathered more than 480,000 views.

Lisa Cardarelli, who posted the video, wrote online that she was taking video because she had watched the driver dispose of other cigarette butts in a similar manner as traffic crawled along.

She wrote on the post that she hopes the video increases “awareness of how a careless act can cause so much devastation.”

“Any fires that are human-caused are totally preventable,” B.C. Wildfire Service information officer Kyla Fraser told Black Press. “When people report in cigarette butts being tossed, if a fire does happen we can take that into consideration,” she said Tuesday.

Because no fire started, there is no open investigation the part of the wildfire service.

But Const. Mike Halskov, with the RCMP Traffic Services division, says police can look into such instances that are witnessed. He said fines can be handed out, although he wasn’t immediately able to say if there was any investigation into the instance in question.

Cardarelli commented on Facebook that multiple people had notified the police about the video since she had posted it.

Those who see someone in violation of open fire bans, or flicking cigarettes, can report it to *55555.

WATCH video (warning: graphic language)

READ MORE: Cigarette butt chuckers keep Surrey burning

‘Think about the firefighters’: Butt out, stay safe and obey campfire bans

Just Posted

Purple Day marks long journey for Gorge resident

Legislative Assembly to recognize epilepsy on Tuesday

Souper Bowls cook up support for Victoria youth

Youth Empowerment Society fundraising event set for April 4 at Crystal Gardens

Victoria Royals look ahead to Game 3 in playoff series

Best of seven series tied 1-1 after weekend play

UVic project shows Keating Elementary students a helping hand

Victoria Hand Project offers free 3D printed arms in eight countries

Unpaid cabbie call leads to arrest in Oak Bay

Police briefs: Electric bike swiped, truck rummaged, impaired driver stopped

Edmonton judge rules Omar Khadr’s sentence has expired

Eight-year sentence imposed in 2010 would have ended last October had Khadr remained in custody

Kamloops chamber of commerce director let go after controversial Facebook posts

Facebook account had derogatory comments about Muslims, Justin Trudeau

B.C. RCMP officer cleared after Taser incident seriously injures woman

Woman with knives refused to comply with orders therefore officer used appropriate level of force

‘Bikinishe’ swimwear retailer prompts Better Business Bureau warning

Watchdog has gotten dozens of complaints about company, which has been using fake Vancouver address

Woman wants Tofino to get a nude beach

“They may enjoy a surf and then walk around naked and just be free.”

Ice climbers scale Canada’s tallest waterfall on Vancouver Island

Ice climbers Chris Jensen, Will Gadd and Peter Hoang made history

Sparks fly as SUV speeds wrong way down Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

B.C. doctor fined $5,000 for accessing records of woman pregnant with his child

Doctor admits to accessing records of the woman carrying his child

Most Read