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The City of West Kelowna has unveiled its latest campaign to discourage smokers from tossing cigarette butts from vehicles.

A series of signs warning of the dangers have been placed at a number of points in the city, including:

  • Westside Road North – 200 metres north of South Bear Creek Road
  • Campbell Road – one kilometre south of Highway 97
  • Glenrosa Road – 100 metres north of Highway 97
  • Gellatly Road South – 200 metres north of Highway 97
  • Elliot Road – 10 metres north of Reece Road
  • Paynter Road – 75 metres north of Highway 97

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has also agreed to place signs on Highway 97 at entrance points to the city.

The tossing of lit cigarettes is purported to be the cause of numerous fires in the Central Okanagan in recent years.

The signs indicate violators could face fines of $1,075. That includes a provincial fine of $575, and a municipal fine of $500.

The city is urging other municipalities up and down the valley to follow suit.

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