posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 11:01 AM
reply to post by akushla99
Thanks for responding! It's great getting that perspective from a smoker. Great to hear that there are smokers actually okay with this law. I figured
the majority would be pissed about it.
The excuse/claim that it is a cash cow, is a diversionary excuse...for those who smoke - from responsibility, and from those that don't - a
convenient excuse to bring up revenue raising...
The reality is, in places where the risk of fire is likely - throwing a cigarette butt to the ground is akin to tossing a lit match (which is what is
done to start a fire)...the law/rule has a practical reason for being enacted in that sense, littering provides the tinder and broken glass acts as a
magnifying glass...many fires where I am from are started in this way...by no-one being anywhere near where the point of ignition is established...
On the flip side - I was privvy to a fine for throwing a cigarette butt from a car window by an Environmental Protection Officer...numerous in/out
letters were exchanged, in which I demanded that a photo be produced of me, throwing a lit cigarette from a vehicle...needless to say, I could not be
fined - these laws need to be monitored properly by those recieving them...I armed myself with the legislation, and the ways I could be booked...one
of the ways was to simply be reported by a member of the public (presumably in another vehicle, who may not have liked the way I was driving) and all
that was needed was my registration plate number and the time and place where it supposedly occured.
This law, like speeding laws, or safe driving laws, serve a safety purpose...and shouldn't really be there - but people just think they can do what
they like, because they are good drivers, thier cigarette won't start a fire, thier lack of fencing around a swimmining pool won't be the reason
thier child drowned...'it won't happen to me'...fact is, it does happen...
At the base of it, it is an abrogation of responsibility.