Proposed Illinois law would make it illegal to smoke with kids in the car

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (WQAD) — Recently-introduced legislation would fine motorists who are caught smoking in a vehicle if any passenger is under 18.

Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) introduced Senate Bill 2659, which would prohibit any person from smoking tobacco, or anything else, while any minors are in the vehicle.

“Second-hand smoke has serious health effects, and Illinois already restricts smoking indoors. This protects children from prolonged, enclosed exposure to smoke in an even less-ventilated setting,” Silverstein said.

It would not be a primary offense, meaning police would not be able to pull over a driver simply because of the smoking violation.

Violations would be considered a petty offense with a maximum fine of $100.

The bill was introduced January 21, 2014.

By Shellie Nelson

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