Florida Lawmakers Pursuing a Ban Against Smoking with Kids in the Car
Published November 26th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- Six states have bans against smoking and driving while children are present.
House Representative Charles McBurney from Jacksonville says he hopes to add Florida to that list.
Proposed House Bill 341 has a lot of support around town, but some like UF Physician Assistant Student, Dale Houser understand why it could possibly be opposed,
"like hey it's my car, i wanna smoke in my car,but i don't see how you can willfully expose your child or someone else's child or any minor to something you know is doing them harm."
If passed the proposed ban would be a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement would have to pull you over for a separate offense.
The proposed bill is set for the next legislative session in March and if passed will go into effect next October.
The bill's sponsor Representative McBurney says that because the proposed is a secondary offense and non-moving violation, it will likely carry a $30 fine.
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