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"Butt officer": Indiana cracking down on cigarette flickers during drought

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(CBS) INDIANAPOLIS - It's against the law in Indiana to throw a cigarette or a cigar out of the car under any conditions. But with the current drought, state troopers vow to get even tougher on those who would flick their smokes out the window, CBS Chicago reports.

Indiana State Police Supt. Paul Whiteshell is telling troopers to enforce the law more aggressively. Whiteshell says there have already been several significant fires parked by discarded smoking materials.

The fine for tossing cigars, cigarettes or matches from a car can be as high as $10,000.

So far this year, Indiana troopers have written about 200 tickets for such offenses, compared to 368 during all of 2011.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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