Throwing lit cigarettes out your car window in Indiana could cost you big


by WHAS11

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 10:32 PM

Ind. residents could face a fine of up to $10,000 for tossing lighted cigarettes out of moving cars. Is this fine too harsh?

(WHAS11) --Traffic isn't the only thing getting drivers fired up. Indiana State Police will slap you with a fine up to $10,000 for flicking burning cigarettes out of your car - an effort to prevent fires.

Lighting up is not the problem. It's what you do after you smoke that's causing a wildfire of controversy.

WHAS 11 News rode-along with Indiana State Police, scoping out smokers driving on roadways.
Anyone who tosses a burning cigarette, cigar, match or material out of a car window can get a ticket up to $10,000 or $1,000 for littering.

"With the extreme drought and dry conditions, superintendent put a memo out yesterday. Stating that 85 counties have a burn ban," Matt Busick, Indiana State Senior Trooper, said.

Check this out, a plume of smoke. Someone threw a cigarette out of their car window on Monday. So dry, it caught a field fire and part of I-65 in Indianapolis was shut down.

Enough of a scare for state police to enforce a hefty fine if your ticketed. They're taking this as seriously as speeding and even drinking and driving. Making smokers think twice.

"Cars come with ashtrays. It's not so hard to put it in the ashtray. It's just as easy as throwing it out the window," smoker Jessica Bowen said.

Karen Powell, a smoker, said: "I do think $10,000 is very severe, yes. It would be nice if it was a lot less although now that I'm aware of it, I certainly will not do that."

Young Ashley Ross and her brother like the regulation for a couple simple reasons.

WHAS 11: "What do you think about this law?"

Ashley Ross said: "I think it's a good law. It will help the environment better and there probably won't be more people smoking."

State Police said they are so serious that instead of a written warning like before, they will write a ticket right away.