Report that discarded cigarette butt

The in basket: Sean Alacchi of Port Orchard writes, “At least three or four times a week, I personally witness some yea-hoo flicking a lit (cigarette) butt from a car or truck.
“I have the state litter report line – (866) 548-8371 – on speed-dial in my cell phone and call it when I can provide a license number of the offender. While there is no fine or penalty to the offender as part of this report, the registered owner of the vehicle does get a letter from the state putting them on notice that they are being reported by witnesses.


The in basket: Sean Alacchi of Port Orchard writes, “At least three or four times a week, I personally witness some yea-hoo flicking a lit (cigarette) butt from a car or truck.
“It’s hot, it’s dry and the brush on the side of the road is ripe for a fire. The lack of concern or consideration for the safety of others or their property is appalling. It obviously costs all of us in many ways when Kitsap County Fire/Rescue has to respond to these brush fires.
“I have the state litter report line – (866) 548-8371 – on speed-dial in my cell phone and call it when I can provide a license number of the offender. While there is no fine or penalty to the offender as part of this report, the registered owner of the vehicle does get a letter from the state putting them on notice that they are being reported by witnesses.
 “Perhaps a well-written article from you might help raise the awareness of this preventable danger to our roads and surrounding property.”
The out basket: Good idea, though I wonder whether the kind of doofus who would toss a cigarette butt out the window this time of year reads anything, newspapers, online blogs or anything else.
Sean has the facts straight, I learned in calling that number. About all he left out is that the letter comes from the State Patrol, mentions that the fine is $1,025 if a cop sees you do it, and that the Department of Ecology sends an orange litter bag for use in the car along with the letter. I don’t suppose they want cigarette butts going into the bag (fires inside the car aren’t any better than fires outside) but it would help keep the roadsides clean of other trash.

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