Somewhere in the neighborhood of two million cigarette butts are discarded by smokers each day. It just so happens that a Bremerton Police officer Thursday witnessed one of those butts go flying out of a car on the Warren Avenue Bridge, watching as “ashes exploded across the roadway.”
The officer, driving on Warren Avenue at 17th Street at about 11:30 p.m., watched the car go by his cruiser doing 45+ in the 35 mph zone, as well as the aforementioned cigarette take flight from one of the car’s windows.
The driver of the car, a 22-year-old, had a suspended license, the officer said. But the discarded cigarette would cost him too – the officer wrote a $1,025 ticket for the offense (For those interested in the Bremerton Municipal Code, click here, and view BMC 6.280.50B).
The 22-year-old wasn’t the only one, however, who’s been written up for littering recently.
An officer observed a 26-year-old man, walking at the corner Sixth Street and Callow Avenue, discard a Pepsi cup on the sidewalk Sunday afternoon.
Police reports of the incident didn’t say whether he got a ticket. But because the officer had seen the alleged littering, he decided to run the man’s name through a criminal data base — and lo and behold, a warrant for malicious mischief came up. He was taken to the Kitsap County jail on $5,000 bail.
I guess the lesson to take away from these reports is this: There’s not always a cop around when you witness littering, but when there is, the suspect can expect some scrutiny, and perhaps a hefty fine.