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Gotta smoke? Not with kids in the car

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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Arkansas passed a law in 2008 that prohibits smoking in cars w/ children under 6 (tho I think it should go beyond that, at least its a start) or less than 60 lbs.  I wonder how many other states have this law.

http://www.4029tv.com/news/22329723/detail.html

Ark. Law Bans Smoking With Kids In Car

POSTED: 10:22 pm CST January 24, 2010
UPDATED: 9:18 am CST January 25, 2010

ELM SPRINGS, Ark. --
Smoking with young children in the car can be dangerous to their health, and in Arkansas it's also against the law.

 

The law was passed in 2008, one reason why some smokers 40/29 talked with had no idea it even exists.

 

Fayetteville resident R.L. Jackson said, "I've never heard of the law before."

 

Jackson has been a smoker for a long time, and was raised in a smoking environment himself.

 

"I grew up with a father smoking and I had no problems," Jackson said.

 

Still, he was happy to hear about the law that bans drivers from smoking if children under the age of 6, or those that weigh less than 60 pounds are in the car.

 

Sgt. Kurt Eichel from the Elm Springs Police Department said, "If the officer walks up to the vehicle and sees a child that meets those requirements and you're smoking, that's illegal."

 

Eichel said it's a fairly rare citation, though he did issue one just the other day.

 

"The ticket we wrote the other day was one of the first ones we've seen in quite a while," Eichel said.

 

Though not everyone 40/29 talked with thought police should be cracking down on smokers that hard.

 

Smoker Joseph Rodriguez said, "I do think it's kind of unfair if someone is ticketed. I think a warning would be in order."

 

Joseph Rodriguez says police should give smokers like him a little leeway when it comes to the law, just because it is still so new and relatively unknown.

 

This law is a secondary offense, meaning you can only be cited for it if you are pulled over for something else, like running a red light or speeding.

 

Drivers caught breaking the law face a $25 fine.

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r_aroberts
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I wish Texas would! 

MNLETLE
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Awesome law! Should be a federal law anmd include all minors.

Quoting mama2conor:

Arkansas passed a law in 2008 that prohibits smoking in cars w/ children under 6 (tho I think it should go beyond that, at least its a start) or less than 60 lbs.  I wonder how many other states have this law.

http://www.4029tv.com/news/22329723/detail.html

Ark. Law Bans Smoking With Kids In Car

POSTED: 10:22 pm CST January 24, 2010
UPDATED: 9:18 am CST January 25, 2010

ELM SPRINGS, Ark. --
Smoking with young children in the car can be dangerous to their health, and in Arkansas it's also against the law.


The law was passed in 2008, one reason why some smokers 40/29 talked with had no idea it even exists.


Fayetteville resident R.L. Jackson said, "I've never heard of the law before."


Jackson has been a smoker for a long time, and was raised in a smoking environment himself.


"I grew up with a father smoking and I had no problems," Jackson said.


Still, he was happy to hear about the law that bans drivers from smoking if children under the age of 6, or those that weigh less than 60 pounds are in the car.


Sgt. Kurt Eichel from the Elm Springs Police Department said, "If the officer walks up to the vehicle and sees a child that meets those requirements and you're smoking, that's illegal."


Eichel said it's a fairly rare citation, though he did issue one just the other day.


"The ticket we wrote the other day was one of the first ones we've seen in quite a while," Eichel said.


Though not everyone 40/29 talked with thought police should be cracking down on smokers that hard.


Smoker Joseph Rodriguez said, "I do think it's kind of unfair if someone is ticketed. I think a warning would be in order."


Joseph Rodriguez says police should give smokers like him a little leeway when it comes to the law, just because it is still so new and relatively unknown.


This law is a secondary offense, meaning you can only be cited for it if you are pulled over for something else, like running a red light or speeding.


Drivers caught breaking the law face a $25 fine.

Copyright 2010 4029tv.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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mama2conor
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:47 AM


Quoting r_aroberts:

I wish Texas would! 


Me too!  But then I'd be for all states doing it.

Oh and you know if TX did it, the fines would be super high!


TinaN64
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Good for them!  I hope more states pass it.  Every state should.

MarchMarie
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:48 AM

 Maine is under 16...

ooo snap, no one frakin pays it any mind though

mitch576
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:49 AM

you know what's sad?

 that they actually have to pass a law.

i smoke.. not with the kids in the car.

when they aren't in the car? yup.... but not when they are in it with me.




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MommyAkaTiffany
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:50 AM

It is disgusting that people have to be told to not do something as horrible as smoke in the car with their kids. Their is no excuse everyone knows how dangerous second hand smoke is!

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Idiosyncratic
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:50 AM

great! hopefully it becomes illegal everywhere

Jewelzgirl
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:51 AM

 Don't see how they can even inforce such a law. 

josiphene
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM

In Ca it's illegal to smoke in a car with anyone under 16.You can get a ticket and thye double each time until you reach a point where they will try to take your kids

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