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Old 02-03-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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Is there some type of NJ law that prohibits smokers from tossing live cigarette butts out of their window?

Today a man tossed his live butt out of his window, it flew back and landed on my windshield still lit. I had to pull over and knock it off with a piece of paper since I didn't wanna touch it.

It happens to me all the time and I feel it's dangerous, especially in the summer when it's very hot. Could cause a fire.

What can I do?
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, NJ
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Is there some type of NJ law that prohibits smokers from tossing live cigarette butts out of their window?

Today a man tossed his live butt out of his window, it flew back and landed on my windshield still lit. I had to pull over and knock it off with a piece of paper since I didn't wanna touch it.

It happens to me all the time and I feel it's dangerous, especially in the summer when it's very hot. Could cause a fire.

What can I do?
That pisses me off. And I am a smoker. I hate people who are not courteous smokers and flick their butts out the window or all over the sidewalk. It makes the rest of us look bad.

Anyway, it's considered littering. That's the summons a person can get if they are caught doing that. I don't know what you can actually do besides get the license plate number and report them. Don't know if anything would ever come of it though.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the Rainbow
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That happens to me every evening during my commute home. I HATE it! I hate it to the point that if insurance wasn't so damn high in nj I'd ram them...
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: NJ
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its technically littering but i doubt too many people get cited for it.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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Why is it that cars don't come with ashtrays anymore?
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Randolph, NJ
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I've driven over 500,000 miles and I have never had a cigarette butt land on my windshield. How did it stay there?
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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I've driven over 500,000 miles and I have never had a cigarette butt land on my windshield. How did it stay there?
First time one actually landed on my car, I guess the wind blew it the right way. I slammed on my breaks and it stayed on.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:31 PM
 
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An acquaintance once told me about how one of his friends threw a lit butt out the window on the Palisades Parkway one night, and a cop happened to see it, pulled them over and wrote them a ticket.

That's about the only scenario--a cop right behind you, or you driving past a cop in a speed trap on a highway at night (in daylight, it's harder to see a lit butt flying out the window)--where I can see someone actually getting punished for this.

My pet peeve is people with their high beams. Turn 'em down, clown!
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: new jersey, us
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did you really have to pull over and take it off your windsheild? Could'nt you just turn your wipers on and take it off that way? Anway, its very discourteous, although never had a cigarete land on my windshield. what are the odds of that? you were'nt tailgating that guy were you?
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:44 PM
 
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Why is it that cars don't come with ashtrays anymore?
I think smokers used to be the majority. Or, at least, it was assumed that at least 1 person in any given car at any given time would be a smoker.

Now smokers are in the minority, and smoking is a lot less socially acceptable. You used to be able to smoke in airplanes, movie theaters, offices, lecture halls...I mean, even high schools had outdoor lunchtime smoking sections. Now, you can't even smoke in a bar.

It wasn't until recently, when I was riding shotgun in a newer car, that I realized cars don't come with ashtrays anymore. Tape decks either. I drive an old car with an ashtray and a tape deck. If and when I finally get a new car, I'm going to be very confused at first about the very modern (to me), Jetsons-like dashboard with the GPS thingamabob, bluetooth thingamajig, USB blah blah blah. And where the hell am I supposed to put all the loose change if there's no ash tray?
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