Lawmakers could make smoking in cars with kids illegal

By Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 03/06 2014 12:50PM

Updated 10/23 2014 05:51PM

ILLINOIS -- Drivers who smoke behind the wheel could get a ticket if they have kids in the car. That's a new bill before lawmakers.

Police would have to pull a driver over for another infraction then find them smoking with a child in their car. A driver could not be stopped simply for that violation. The bill includes cigarettes, pipes and drugs and only applies to drivers with minors younger than 18 in their car.

The bill is meant to address the health risk of second-hand smoke. It's something some health officials and parents think make sense.

The violation would be considered a petty offense and come with a maximum fine of $100. Only the driver would be ticketed in these cases. Convertibles with tops down and motorcycles would be exempt.

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