Driver 'caught' flicking cigarette out of window slams council for 'hefty' £100 fine


Caroline Dawson, from Grimsby, was driving her elderly parents’ car on March 21, when she threw a cigarette butt out of the window. Several days later, her parents received a form through the post asking who had been driving the car and who was insured to drive it.

Caroline maintained that she has always been a law-abiding citizen who has never littered.

She claims the fine is too much for something so “petty”, and that the council should be focusing on other areas like fly-tipping and litter on her estate.

She said she didn’t know there were cameras and must have been someone behind her “doing surveillance”.

Caroline added: “[My parents] don’t smoke, and I don’t usually smoke in their car, but I had the one. 

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Caroline said it was her “bad luck” that she was fined, saying there are other, more pressing issues that should be dealt with.

She continued, saying: “What angers me is that I live on the Nunsthorpe [estate], my partner lives on the Nunsthorpe, and there’s so many other issues there.

“It does seem rather petty to get such a hefty fine.

“Considering the state of a lot of streets and areas, not just the Nunsthorpe, the fly-tipping that goes on, I’m sure people do a hell of a lot worse and don’t get caught, or it’s not pursued,” she told Grimsby Live.

She said if her offence was pointed out at the time, the fine would have only been around £20 or £30, calling her £100 fine “hefty”.

She admits it was a “spur of the moment thing”, but reaffirmed her anger at other offences taking place, that she claims “goes undetected”.

Caroline added: “While I agree with the deterrent, it’s rather excessive when there are so many other issues that aren’t being dealt with.”

A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson told “Littering is an antisocial and criminal act and will not be tolerated. With 979 litter bins in convenient locations around the borough, you are never far from a bin.

“There is absolutely no excuse to drop litter, including cigarettes, anywhere in North East Lincolnshire and you should ensure your cigarette is fully extinguished before disposing of it.

“People who drop litter make the place look unsightly and it is left for others to clean up after them.

“Enforcement officers routinely patrol the borough and anyone caught littering faces a £150 fine.”


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