Despite hefty fines for throwing a cigarette from a vehicle window or while out walking, the practice seems to be continuing.

The Nanaimo Fire Department responsed to several calls for the past few days after the bark mulch at the side of the road burst into flames.

Ymesh Lal is with the Fire Department…

 

 

Back on April 1st the province announced the fine for tossing a lit cigarette was going up to 575 dollars.

 

In the meantime, the B.C. Government is stepping up to hand out heavier fines for distracted drivers.

Starting June 1, first-time offenders will face a minimum $543 in penalties.

Repeat offenders, upon a second offence within 12 months, will pay the $368 fine plus $520, for a total of $888.