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In the state of California.. is it illegal to smoke a cigarette while driving with baby in the car?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:38 PM on Aug. 3, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • It is illegal to smoke while driving, with or without a baby

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:39 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • cali resident here...don't know if its illegal, but it should be if it isn't

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:40 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • YES
    The new law that outlaws smoking while driving is enforced when there are children in the vehicle. Driving while smoking in your car, will cost you one hundred dollars in fines. However, the smoking ban is not intended for the motorist's health or safety. The law was established to protect passengers from secondhand smoke.

    Already, California has prohibited smoking in restaurants and within twenty-five feet of playgrounds. Other states including Arkansas and Louisiana have similar laws that pertain to smoking with children present in a car. California's law would outlaw smoking in any type of vehicle that has any person under the age of eighteen. The law can only be enforced if the vehicle is stopped for a different violation.

    Answer by kirsty_mcgrail at 12:40 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • I'm not disputing that second hand smoke is bad, but do have to question why there would be a law and what does the state do with the money it collects in fines? Giving money to someone who isn't the injured party doesn't make sense to me.

    Here's the bigger issue I see. At what point are people allowed to make their own decisions? Does it seem like the government makes laws that make it not a priority for people to think for themselves? I would prefer people to realize how bad second hand smoke is and make the choice not to expose other to it, regardless if they're in their car, in their homes, ect.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:54 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • Not only is smoking while driving with a child in the car harmful because of the second hand smoke but the driver is driving while distracted. Children are the most vulnerable and unprotected so that is why the government is stepping in and protecting them. Some parents make decisions that are very harmful to their children and these children have nobody to stand up and protect them. So the government is.
    The money goes to the 26 billion dollar deficit I would hope.

    Answer by kirsty_mcgrail at 1:04 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • "Does it seem like the government makes laws that make it not a priority for people to think for themselves?"

    The problem is that some (read: the majority) of people DON'T think, and DON'T care about the consequences of their actions. It would be nice if they did, but hey, what can we do? Sometimes it's beneficial for the gov't to step in and say "HEY! You're being an idiot, and if you keep being careless, and irresponsible, you're going to have to pay for it!"

    Kinda like how they have to put "DO NOT INGEST" on bottles of cleaners and such...'cuz you know some moron drank some of it and either got extremely sick, or died.

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 3:22 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • Anon-9:54 I guess some parents are too selfish or stupid to care if they are going to hurt their childrens health by smoking around them so maybe they had to make a law to protect the kids. That is the parents job but obviously there needed to be somthing in place here. sad

    Answer by stickyfingers at 3:24 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

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