Police Chief Fines Driver $430 for Throwing Lit Cigarette: ‘Didn’t Want My Car to Burn’

June 12, 2019 Updated: June 12, 2019

A driver in Canada was hit with a $432 fine after throwing a lit cigarette out the window of his vehicle.

Victoria Police Chief Del Manak said he stopped a vehicle on Highway 17 near Quadra St. in Saanich, British Colombia, after the driver tossed the lit cigarette in front of Manak’s patrol unit, Fox News reported.

The driver then told Manak that “I didn’t want my car to burn.”

He then warned the driver not to smoke in his car and handed him a $430 fine ($575 in Canadian dollars).

Manak wrote, “575 reasons to not throw your lit cigarette out the car window in front of @vicpdcanada. Happened in front of me on the hwy. When asked why, driver replied, ‘I didn’t want my car to burn’ as he pointed to his cup holder in console. My response, ‘Then don’t smoke in your car.’”

A Canadian teen, meanwhile, was pulled over after driving 105 mph in Manitoba.

A Google Street photo shows Highway 17 in British Columbia, Canada (Google Street View)

The Mounted Police wrote on Facebook: “This 16-year-old’s excuse for going 170 km/h in a Camaro? ‘Too many hot wings & needed a bathroom’. Fined $966 for speeding + $203 for driving w/o a supervising driver. Absolutely #noexcuses for that kind of speed.”

The teenager was fined $966 Canadian dollars and $203 dollars for driving without a supervising driver, which is about $880 U.S. dollars.

Speed Trap Foiled

Several weeks ago, officials in Florida were foiled when someone placed a sign in front of a speed trap that warned motorists of police.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that its deputies were set up to carry out a speed enforcement operation after residents made a request.

“After a significant amount of time had passed they were puzzled,” police said on April 17. “Traffic was steady, so why had they identified just one driver who was traveling over the speed limit?”

When they left the area, they discovered a warning set up next to a speed limit sign.

“Police ahead,” read the wooden sign. It was leaned up against a pole.

“As they left the area they spotted this sign about a quarter of a mile ahead of their enforcement site,” said the sheriff’s office, which added laughing emojis.

“Well played, Anonymous Sign Artist. Well played,” it said.