Woman fined for throwing cigarette end out of car

A Ford woman faces fines and court costs of £1,232 for throwing a cigarette butt out of her car window.

The 41-year-old woman was seen throwing a cigarette end out of her car window while driving at Marsh Mills on 9 May.

She was served with a £80 Fixed Penalty Notice for littering, but because the fine was not paid, the matter went to the Magistrates Court.

The defendant who did not attend the hearing, was found guilty by the magistrates in her absence and was fined £550 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £55 and full costs of £627.

The court heard that the defendant was in breach of a two-year suspended sentence imposed in October 2015 by the Crown Court.  This offence was committed while the suspended sentence was current and the Crown Court is to be notified of this offence for it to determine whether the suspended sentence should be activated.

Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities said: “Throwing rubbish and cigarette ends from your vehicle adds to the litter on the highway which may be a hazard to other road users and cause drains to be blocked, which means we, the Council, have to clean the streets and unblock the drains to prevent flooding. 

“The message here is simple – take your rubbish home and put it in your bin.”