California Bans Smoking in Kid-Schleping Cars

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Surprise! California has become the third U.S. state to ban smoking in cars with kids– in their own special way. reports that Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed an anti-motorized second hand smoking bill yesterday that doesn't allow officers to pull over kid-carrying cigarette-puffing motorists. Nope. "The traffic stop would have to be made for another offense, such as speeding or an illegal turn, before the driver could be cited for smoking." Oh, and did we mention that the ban applies to minors, as in any child under 16? That's 10 more years of clean lungs than Arkansas, which bans smoking in cars with children age 6 and younger, and three more years than Louisiana, which protects children 13 and under. Coinciding with New Year's resolutionists, Kali-fornia's new law takes effect on January first. Offenders face a $100 fine and, we reckon, a guilt trip courtesy of the protect and serve people.

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  • Hansbos Hansbos on Oct 11, 2007

    As a kid I hated it when my parents smoked in the family car and I am very pleased that this legislation was passed in California. Second hand smoke is dangerous and disgusting and children should not be subjected to it. The secondary enforcement is just the beginning. It used to be the same with seat belts, but over time CHP did start pulling people over just for not wearing one. As for cell phones, I doubt they will ever be banned in California cars. They have become part of our life style and we can drive very well with them.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Oct 11, 2007

    I think they should increase fines/taxes for people on cell phones, eating junk food, masturbating, putting makeup on, shaving, singing, reading, watching a movie or and any other activity that would distract a driver or cause harm to others.

  • Becurb Becurb on Oct 11, 2007
    # lplimac : October 11th, 2007 at 11:57 am Eh, at least one city in California has made it illegal to smoke in your own apartment. This smacks of special interest legislation passed by the apartment/condo slumlords to avoid discrimination suites when they refuse to place families who have had an apartment fire. I am sure that it was passed with pithy words about how it endangers other families in multi unit buildings, but I don't buy any alturistic motive in the dealings that got the law passed. Bruce
  • GS650G GS650G on Oct 12, 2007

    Remember , it's for the children. Another way to pay for massive socialism out there. So when the parents get home, and light up in the house, will they be able to fine them for that some day? I love how the same government which professes to care about children so much seems to have no problem killing them in the womb.