Police are reminding everyone of the dangers of throwing cigarette butts from cars during total fire bans.

There are a number of offences which relate to throwing a lit cigarette from a motor vehicle. The maximum fine is $5500

If you see a person throwing a cigarette butt from a car or people dropping cigarette butts in areas that could cause a fire they should contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

In all other instances, please contact your local police station or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.

Police have increased their patrols of bushfire-affected areas and are urging the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the increased high visibilitypatrols will be in place until next Tuesday, October 29, or forlonger if needed.

“I want to assure the community that police are out in force conducting regular patrols of affected areas and if there are people out there who think they can stoop to such a low act then be warned,” Commissioner Scipione said.

“There will be police out there 24-hours a day, they could be in the next street or coming around the corner.

“Members of the community are urged to be diligent. If you see any suspicious activity then please call triple zero immediately.”

For all updated bushfire information members of the public should go towww.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Police have issued a warning about not throwing lit cigarette butts from cars during total fire bans.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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