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Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson MP, is reminding local motorists that new penalties for anyone caught tossing a lit cigarette from their car will come into effect from midnight tonight.

Motorists will now be penalised five demerit points if they are caught tossing a lit cigarette form their car. The penalty will double to 10 demerit points and a fine of up to $11,000 if the offence is committed during a total fire ban.

Penalties will also apply to passengers caught tossing a lit cigarette on or near the roadway. They will be fined $660 and this figure will double during total fire bans.

Ms Watson is calling on all motorists to think about their actions and ensure that anyone seen throwing a cigarette from a car is reported.

To report someone who has thrown a lit cigarette out the window of a vehicle, residents are encouraged to contact the NSW Rural Fire Service hotline on 1800 679 737.

“Motorists need to be aware that these new penalties are in place and there will be zero tolerance for anyone caught tossing a lit cigarette from a car.”

“We’re in the middle of a horror fire season. I hope these tough new penalties will make people think twice about tossing lit cigarettes and putting the safety of our community at risk.”

“Motorists should be vigilant and report anyone who they see toss a cigarette from a vehicle, whether it be the passenger or the driver.”

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