Bill That Would Outlaw Smoking With Kids In Car Advances

Motorists might be forced to resist smoking with minors onboard.

Proposed legislation that would make it illegal for Illinois motorists to light up with kids in the car has cleared a hurdle Wednesday. 

The plan, Senate Bill 2659, would impose an up-to $100 fine for any motorist who smokes tobacco, marijuana or any other combustible substance in a car with a person under the age of 18.

State Sen, Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago), the plan’s sponsor, testified before the committee's vote.

“There are very serious health effects associated with exposure to second-hand smoke, especially for minors," said Silverstein. "This plan is aimed at reducing that exposure."

Senate Public Health Committee approved the bill by a 5-2 vote. It next heads to the full Senate.

Police would not be able to curb drivers based solely on the offense, and the fine would not apply to motorcycles or convertibles with the tops dropped.

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DHD March 11, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Sorry Pau,l the state is taking away people's freedom to poison their children. This is 180 degrees different from red light and speeding cameras.
Paul Dabrowski April 07, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Sorry DHD, more government control over EVERYTHING we do. I grew around smokers and I'm very healthy. Again, it's you give an inch and they take a mile.
Paul Dabrowski April 07, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Then again why stop there. What about your house? Or is “Poisoning” kids there okay? And before anyone says that they can just leave the room, well, the new buzz words for anti-smoking is now “Third Hand Smoke”. Which is the smoke that “clings” to your clothes. And, of course, they say is just as harmful. And what about all the other “bad things” for kids? Fast and junk food. There are plenty of fat kids out there, why not ban McDonalds from selling to people under 18.


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