Cape Town drivers on butt watch

2012-01-11 21:57

Cape Town - Smoking drivers will have to watch their butts in Cape Town after motorists were urged to report those who throw cigarette ends out the window.

"We are getting quite a lot of calls on the butt line," said an operator who answered the hotline on Wednesday.

"Within the last hour or so, I've already had three to four calls, myself only."

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille warned on Twitter that drivers tossing their "stompies" would be tracked down, sent warning letters and kept on file.

"Many complaints re ciggies thrown from cars. Cape Town now as a 'stompie-line' where you can report this + car registration," Zille tweeted on Tuesday.

In 2006, a British man was charged with culpable homicide after he was accused of starting a blaze on the mountain, which killed an elderly British woman, by flinging a lit cigarette onto dry grass. He was later acquitted.

Stompie-line 021 424 7715.

  • dick.barry - 2012-01-11 22:09

    Surely the Cape Town hotline is not in Pretoria?! The code must be 021, not 012 like in the article!

      mzingaye.ndlovu - 2012-01-12 09:38

      Bit of a tricky one because you will need to be on the phone while DRIVING to make the call. Not really practical to pull over coz the other car will be driving away. Unless of course you can memorize the number plate (humm it to the tune of "aint no stopping us now" until you get to a safe spot to make the call). Higher chance of getting fined for using a cellular device while driving.

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-19 13:55

      @Dick, the number is a 021 number. Check it again.

  • mystae - 2012-01-11 22:10

    Why is Cape Town's 'stompie-line' a Pretoria number?

      Jean - 2012-01-12 11:04

      Because the editor is probably a Bulls fan? On the subject of loving this Cape Town Summer!

      idille.borchers - 2012-01-19 15:48

      Are you dyslexic?

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-01-11 22:30

    Maybe we should ban smoking.

      Yurak - 2012-01-12 07:23

      yes, lets ban sex, junkfood, redmeat, rugby, fizzydrinks, braai, miniskirts, television, chockolate, biltong, athiests, computergames, fast cars, stupid people and going outside after dark......... fortunately for us, there is such a thing as free will, but if it was up to people like you, well...........

      cameronjohnprice - 2012-01-12 07:26

      @ Yurak Funny - I know your type.

      TheSlip - 2012-01-12 07:40

      And destroy thousands of jobs along with it. Now I quit smoking last year, but I think I shaved enough years off my life to show I really care about the Earth ;-)

  • Sarah - 2012-01-11 22:30

    I like this 'stompie line' ...i think smoking is just a bad habit thats extorting money from the unsuspecting...whatever u do to your body, is up to you, but dont distroy others people's health because of your addictions and if only Gauteng could follow with this idea!!

  • Sarah - 2012-01-11 22:32

    lol William...I gues that you are a smoker?

  • richardbauer87 - 2012-01-11 22:34

    Good for you Helen Zille!!!

  • stefan.coetzer - 2012-01-11 23:03


      Adriaan Coetzer - 2012-01-12 00:48

      0800 f off

  • Simamkele Nolonwabo Twala - 2012-01-11 23:05

    half of da cpt residents wil receive those warning letters, because smokin is almost a tradition sumthn thats done by most families frm daughter to great grand mother and its done evryday!

      Juan - 2012-01-12 03:41

      Now you are really being DOF

      Christopher - 2012-01-12 13:01

      @ Simamkele: you sir, are a BOX!!! Djy is ge'Twala'

      Jimmy - 2012-01-12 16:29

      Dear Simamkele , I have just contacted your boss and informed him that you are playing games on his PC again, you will be summoned back to the garden shortly..

  • Paul - 2012-01-11 23:08

    Another 'rubber neck' Zille idea.

      zeekoevlei - 2012-01-12 07:51

      Have you seen what the mountain looks like when it has been burnt. Think of all the millions of taxpayers money lost because of it, not even to mention our precious heritage. Say what you want too about Helen, but Capetonians love her for what she has done for us and our beautiful city.

      celeste.rsa - 2012-01-12 13:38

      No, Paul, you're actually quite wrong. This line has been existence for a number of years already.

  • Leon - 2012-01-11 23:31

    a "stompie-line"? -someone give winne mandela the number!

      TheSlip - 2012-01-12 07:35

      And there it is! xD

  • MaxOdin.SA - 2012-01-11 23:31

    The other day a taxi driver overtook on the left hand lane at approximately 100kph in a 60zone and proceeded to jump the traffic light ahead. And imagine my surprise when I saw a traffic police vehicle first in line in the oncoming traffic and he did nothing. Imagine my further surprise when I noticed that Mr officer was talking on his cell phone while driving without a hands free kit. Start reporting that Sh1t please and maybe we can save more lives.

      Nitroman316 - 2012-01-11 23:38

      Think we were at the same intersection, unless I saw the very same incidents at a different location.

      Brian - 2012-01-12 01:28

      No harm in also reporting such incidents to the "stompie line"! It might help to concentrate their minds a bit. On the other hand maybe a ban on smoking in cars is the ultimate aim. I would think many accidents are caused by drivers trying to either light up or stub out their smokes while driving and thus losing concentration.

      Juan - 2012-01-12 03:44

      Exacly I think our province should focus on getting the more serious road crime under control first before wasting time and resources on stompie patrol. Pathetic judgement call by the Western Cape government

  • Mantsho - 2012-01-12 00:37

    Well done Hellen,

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-01-12 01:31

    Crime-line - Child-line - Stompie-line? When are we going to see: TRAFFIC-LINE? After all, traffic accidents cause death and disability, Stephan!

      Stephan - 2012-01-12 08:10

      HI Guys and Ladies. Sorry to burst your bubble. I am a volunteer fire fighter working in support of City Fire during large fires. And I do volunteer search and rescue work. Yes, I actually get off my Butt and do things for other people without getting paid for this. If you ever have the guts to jump in and help fight a runaway fire you will know why I get so angry about idiotic poeple tossing stompies. I own my own business and have the ability to decide what is right or wrong in life. How many eople died in fires the past month in the Western Cape alone. Do you know what the cost is to fight a fire. About 40,000 ZAR per hour for one helicopter, let alone the danger the teams in the air and on the ground have to face. At least the City has the guts to try and do something about it. If you complain about traffic violations, how many charges have you laid against offenders. You can actually do so and you can actually get them to court if you have the guts to go stand there and testify. I have done so before. Have you? Or is it easier to sit on your butt and complain about what is wrong and and then always say, I dont want to get involved!If you do someting to rectify a problem then you have the right to complain.

  • gerry.pelser - 2012-01-12 03:51

    Seriously? I'm a non-smoker, but this is just a tad too far. Yes, please spy on your fellow citizens and report to the government. Anyone read 1984? Today its a stompie, who knows what you'll be encouraged to "spy-and-report" on tomorrow. I am a DA supporter, but if this is the type of fascist behaviour they are encouraging, I may cast a vote elsewhere.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-01-12 07:31

      Get your head out of your butt Gerry. Runaway veld fires can destroy homes, livelihoods and kill and maim poor defenceless animals. Right now it’s our summer and everything is dry which is perfect fodder for a fire. So instead of thinking like a man with a serious case of persecution complex, start thinking like a responsible person who realises that all they want to do is to protect our people and the poor fireman who have to put their lives on the line every single time some irresponsible GIT throws a burning stompie out of a car window. Good lord - just how introspective are you?

      Lyndatjie - 2012-01-12 13:35

      William you pillock! LOL... Its like saying if we stamp out corruption then there will be no politicians left... :)

  • Brian - 2012-01-12 05:32

    Winnie will put an end to this stompie line .... LOKL

  • prcohan - 2012-01-12 06:39

    Well done Cape Town for trying to prevent more fires caused by irresponsible drivers! Sad that News24 can't even get a story as simple as this one right!

  • Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-01-12 07:14

    Interesting scenario is when I ask people why the through stompies out of their window they say else the car stink and it is disgusting, but hey they put it in their mouth!!!

      Lyndatjie - 2012-01-12 07:31

      Oh goodness - that is bizarre.... LOL

  • Daryn - 2012-01-12 07:49

    Glad to see a move to curb this. It is a pet peeve, all cars have ashtrays, use the damn things instead of littering, I don't have an issue with smokers/smoking it's their complete disregard that annoys the life out of me. Finished smoking? no problem, drop your cig, stand on it to put it out, then leave it there. It may seem trivial, but then others think "oh well, if the smoker can do it, I am sure my empty crisp packet won't make a big difference" and so on and so forth. I have also heard the thought that the car ashtray makes the car smell.... then don't smoke in your car, or empty it out whenever you stop somewhere. The only issue is, as mentioned, there could be abuse and false accusations. Yes you have to appear in court, but then it's wasting everyone's time and a case of he said she said. How long until a police car is reported?

      coetzee - 2012-01-12 08:32

      Daryn, my pet peeve is the police vehicles etc, that is driving around and throwing stuff out their windows that pisses me of. If they do it than how on earth would you think that the ordinary person would not follow. If you contact the police station than they say that the lines are there for crimes and not for pimping people. O, out of my three vehicles not one has a ashtray because they are from EU.

  • Enlightened - 2012-01-12 07:57

    I fully agree with the principle however, legally, I think it takrs more than an accusing phone call to prosecute anyone or do anything about it at all about it for that matters sake. I could, for instance have accidentally cut comeone off on the road. Next thing I know, I'm accused of "butting" Carfiul not to end up like the french revolution. What would happen if ne claims false accusation? In today's world someone could easilybtake exception to being called a potential arsonist and do something about it, just like with false arrest.

      coetzee - 2012-01-12 08:35

      I do agree with you. If they can't even convict a killer or robber, how are they going to proof that I threw a stompie out my window. If a fire start, I could blame it on the guy that pimped me and said that I threw a piece of paper out the window and he went back and started the fire. No proof from me and no proof from him.

  • coetzee - 2012-01-12 08:05

    Ok, this stompie line sounds good. But what about the bergies and other people that makes fires in fields. I have done a study on stompies that was thrown in grass and the time that it takes to cause a fire. We have found that the average is about 1 out of a hundred that will cause a fire. This test was done on a 38 degree Celsius with a wind of 15km/h. I might be wrong but I am just thinking that someone is barking up the wrong tree. O, and that tree really is burning!

  • Ruth - 2012-01-12 08:33

    Impose the fine, you don't throw trash of any kind out the window cigarette butts are filthy smelly bits of rubbish that add to the collection of garbage, take a leaf from Singapore's book!

  • AGvanderWesthuizen - 2012-01-12 08:55

    .... but who still smokes? They must be nuts!

      coetzee - 2012-01-12 11:18

      En is jy nie ook bietjie nuts nie? Drink jy darem n bietjie? Net soos rook vir nie-rokers sleg ruik, ruik drankasems en drank vir my sleg. Ek kan rook en bestuur, maar jy kan nie drink en bestuur nie want dit beinvloed jou besluitnemingsvermoe!

  • Deon - 2012-01-12 09:09

    Well done, littering is illegal. Now to get a line to stop public urinating.

  • jvdspek - 2012-01-12 09:24

    So Let me see If I Don't like Someone I Can Report Them to The Butline even if they are Innocen and Non Smokers Just For Spite if I want to Just to Piss Them Off

  • philip.spies - 2012-01-12 09:31

    I can't argue with the principle of this line, but surely there are more dangerous driving practices which should be stamped out first. How many times do you see parents driving around with their kids not buckled in? Cell phones, taxis, drunk drivers, ect. I also wonder how many of the fires are actually started by the cigarette butts, and how many by the "informal" inhabitants of the empty fields.

      PickedAllMyWeeds - 2012-01-12 12:17

      Yup, I agree! First create a line to report parents who don't buckle up their kids! Far more dangerous!!!!!!!! On the issue of cig butts causing fire, speak to an experienced fire-fighter (I have) and they will tell you had extremely hard it is to get a lit cig butt to start a fire, even in the most conducive conditions. Still, I agree, DO NOT LITTER!

  • Jaimie - 2012-01-12 10:12

    This whole issue about stompies is more to do with being socially aware and responsible towards others. The main problem is educating people to respect one another. That is what is seriously lacking in this country.

      coetzee - 2012-01-12 11:14

      Jaimie, social aware? Gmpf! It won't happen. My neighbor did not even call the police when my car was broken into while watching. My other neighbor would not even worry of greeting anybody in the neighborhood. Respect will not happen soon because parents don't teach their children respect and then we have our government that we do not respect either. You see, it is a mutual thing. If you don't respect me I will not respect you. South Africans will rather try to destroy one another because we do not like if the person next to us is happier or driving a better car or having a nicer house etc. This stompie brigade thing is just another way of making the gaps bigger between South Africans.

  • Hugh - 2012-01-12 11:16

    The anti smoking campaign, what a lot of BS.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-12 11:22

    Well done ......I hope this stops all the fires

      coetzee - 2012-01-12 11:32

      Al the fires won't stop until u stop making fires in the veld!

  • Gail - 2012-01-12 12:01

    I was driving behind a Merc when the driver threw a beer bottle out. I tooted him and he had the grace to apologise but not stop and pick up the broken glass. Good to see there are drivers who do not text while driving or phone for that matter. I have thisa weird thing where I can actually memorise car number plates and even cell no's when I am driving. I can also read upside down.Why does the brain remeber this kind of trivia and forget the names of people?

  • rosemarie.maytham - 2012-01-12 12:59

    Why does the Stompie-line have a Pretoria telephone code? Surely it should have a Cape Town tlephone code!

      idille.borchers - 2012-01-19 16:00

      Another one with dyslexia

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-19 14:30

    Many Cape Town dudes already knew this butt line off by heart.

  • Hugh - 2012-01-20 08:58

    Isn't it amusing that Cape Town, the Pink City has a "Butt watching" campaign??

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