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Tough new penalties for throwing lit cigarettes out the window

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Tossers who throw a lit cigarette out of their car during a total fire ban will be hit with a loss of 10 demerit points and up to $11,000 in fines.

Drivers who throw lit cigarettes out the window will be slapped with five demerit points, while passengers can also be hit with a $660 fine.

More than 200 people have been caught tossing a lit cigarette this year alone.

NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott tells John Stanley the tough new laws will be a wake-up call for drivers.

“People weren’t listening to the penalty… so I’m just going to take their license away from them.”

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