Littered cigarette butts putting lives at risk

In response to 'Drivers slammed for cigarette butt litter' (January 10), Keep Australia Beautiful's Rural Highways 2011-2012 report, as part of the National Litter Index, indicates that nationally, cigarette butts remain the most frequently littered items in 2011-2012, with 7.5 cigarette butts per 1000m2 which is up from 6.7 butts in the previous year.

This sends a concerning message indicating that Australian motorists are not doing the right thing with their butts.

With heatwaves now upon us in the middle of the bushfire season, motorists need to be aware that their littered cigarettes can start fires. This reckless act can attract higher fines due to the litter being a hazard. Bushfires can kill people.

It's about time people start taking their littering habits seriously.

Victorians can also Dob in a Litterer here:

http://kab.org.au/dob-in-a-litterer/

PETER MCLEAN

National chief executive officer

Keep Australia Beautiful

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