"575 reasons to not throw your lit cigarette out the car window in front of @vicpdcanada," a Twitter post by Victoria Police Chief Del Manak read.
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." pic.twitter.com/FhAGJHYX7w— Del Manak (@ChiefManak) June 9, 2019
Manak said he saw the driver discard the cigarette and then pulled him over.
When he asked the driver why, he pointed to his cup holder and responded, "I didn't want my car to burn."
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To which Manak responded "Then don't smoke in your car," before writing the man a ticket for $575 (about $433 in American dollars).
The citation was issued under the province's Wildfire Act.
Manak received an outpouring of support on the tweet, including near 1,000 likes.