The majority of Hoosiers know the rules of the road, but some just seem to do what they want...even though the effects and the fines that come with those things could cost you a lot of money.

There are many reasons not to do certain things while driving. For example, everyone knows that it is illegal to text while driving. If caught doing so, it could result in a Class C infraction and the driver could receive a pretty hefty fine. On top of that, points may also be assessed against the driver’s license. Even with that, you still see people driving with their phones in their hands. Another example would be something that happened just yesterday in the town of Chandler, Indiana.

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Don't Do This While Driving in Indiana

Yesterday, I was driving home from work, and when I got into the town of Chandler, I noticed a police officer pulled over, a fire truck driving slowly along the shoulder, and smoke along the side of the road. I wasn't sure if there was a controlled burn or not. However, when I got home that evening, I discovered what really happened.

Chandler Police and Chandler Fire responded to two separate grass fires within 10 minutes on SR 62. This was caused by someone throwing out a cigarette from their vehicle. I'm sure you have seen it done several times (maybe you have even done it yourself) where you have been driving and the car in front of you threw out their cigarette butt onto the roadway.

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According to the Chandler Police Department:

Be aware that it is illegal to throw a lit cigarette or other burning material from your vehicle. If officers see this occur you will be stopped and cited for the infraction below.
 
IC 35-45-3-3 Throwing burning material from a moving motor vehicle:
 
Sec. 3. A person who throws from a moving motor vehicle:
(1) a lighted cigarette, cigar, or match; or
(2) other burning material;
commits a Class A infraction.

So, please, if you smoke, don't throw out your cigarette butts. You could cause serious harm to the environment or potentially the drivers around you. One burning cigarette butt could start a massive fire in just seconds. According to the Indiana State Police, "throwing burning material from any moving vehicle is illegal and it can cost you a fine of up to $10,000."

That's a pretty big fine to pay. So, be smart. The Indiana State Police suggests that you:

  • Use a car ashtray or portable ashtray to dispose of cigarette butts, ashes, and lighting material.
  • Keep a litter bag in your vehicle.
  • Do not throw any litter out of vehicle windows.

I'm not sure if the driver who threw the cigarette butt in Chandler was found, but if they were, I'm sure that they weren't too happy with the consequences. Let this be a reminder for you to not be that person.

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