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