New York May Ban Smoking in the Car With Children
June 14, 2011
Queens, New York assemblyman David Weprin is pushing to make it illegal in New York state to smoke in a car with a passenger under 14, even if the windows are rolled down. Break the law and it could cost you $100.
The proposed ban aims to protect children from secondhand smoke, and adds the age limit because younger kids are less likely to speak up. Four states (Louisiana, California, Maine and Arkansas) have already passed the same law. Weprin wants police to have the ability to stop a car and ask the passengers’ ages if they suspect someone’s smoking around children.
A poll on the New York Daily News website shows that 92% of readers support the law. Do you think it’s fair? Do you ever smoke in the car when kids are riding?