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

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich launches new tool to help residents learn about the budget

Tool launch will coincide with the Mar. 3 budget meeting

Coast Capital Savings in Saanich to re-open after COVID-19 scare

The branch closed ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Petition aims to stop handyDART facility from being built in View Royal

‘Save Craigflower Creek’ has gathered over 1,000 signatures within a week

Nominations for Victoria municipal byelection are in

Victoria will elect one councillor

Oak Bay’s first heritage conservation area is in the books

Councillor excited to see how HCA protects character of The Prospect

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto sign a historic agreement

Co-operation crucial to stem dropping Nechako Reservoir level

Stories of sexual assault at B.C. tree planting camps ‘shocking but not surprising:’ advocate

Contractors’ association is working with trainers to create respectful culture

Lawyer gets house arrest for possessing child porn

Maple Ridge resident gets nine-month term

Most Read