West Kelowna council members Coun. Bryden Winsby, Coun. Carol Zanon, Mayor Doug Findlater, fire chief Jason Brolund and Coun. Rick de Jong with one of the new signs warning drivers and passengers about the dangers of throwing lit cigarettes out of vehicles. —Image: contributed

It’s sign of the times for smokers in West Kelowna

With summer here, drivers and passengers being warned to not throw lit cigarettes out of vehicles

West Kelowna is stepping up its attempt to stop smokers throwing light cigarette butts out the windows of their vehicles.

The city has placed bright, new road signs discouraging motorists from the dangerous practice. The move was made in an effort to educate the travelling public about the dangers of flicking lit cigarettes.

After years of facing several destructive interface forest fires in the community, West Kelowna council recently agreed to spend $3,000 on the new signs. They are located alongside:

• 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 agreed to install similar signs at the entrances to the community alongside Highway 97.

West Kelowna is encouraging other Okanagan communities to follow its lead and install similar signs to ensure a consistent message is sent to the travelling public in the valley.

The signs indicate the provincial and municipal fines violators may face.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Okanagan Regional Library introduces ASL story-time

The Rutland and Westbank locations will host the events

Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MP acclaimed for his party’s nomination

Stephen Fuhr runs unopposed as the party’s standard-bearer for the next federal election

Kelowna Rockets ready to take off into regular season

The home opener kicks things off in Kamloops on Friday

Kelowna Fire Department to handle Vernon, OKIB dispatch

Five-year contract will net Kelowna more than $200,000 says fire chief

Two vehicle crash in West Kelowna

One person was treated for minor injures this morning following a collision

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Teacher suspended after physically shushing, saying ‘shut up’ to student

Grade 5 student reported feeling ‘confused and a little scared’

High spirits after first week of classes at Shuswap’s outdoor school

South Canoe School is taking student learning into the great outdoors

A B.C. society helps to reforest Crown land after wildfires

Forest Enhancement Society of BC focuses on wildfire mitigation and the reforestation

Most Read