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Should I contact the LOPD if I see someone throwing a burning cigarette out of their vehicle?

A Lake Oswego police officer or firefighter answers readers' questions each week in this space. To submit a question, call Editor Gary M. Stein at 503-636-1281 ext. 102 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Should I contact the LOPD if I see someone throwing a burning cigarette out of their vehicle?

BOGGSThrowing burning material such as cigarettes from a moving vehicle is dangerous. During the drier months of the year, it becomes even more of a concern because smoldering cigarette butts can start fires along the roadway or shoulder.

In Oregon, it is prohibited to throw away any lighted matches, cigarettes or other lighted materials on any forestland, private road, public highway or railroad right-of-way. This is a violation of Oregon Revised Statue 476.715 and carries a $500 fine.

As a citizen or driver, you can call our non-emergency number at 503-635-0238, report your observations and stay near the offending driver to allow an officer to contact the subject. Remember that a careless act by one person may have dire consequences for others, including the firefighters who risk their lives at put fires out.

— Officer Drew Boggs

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