Florida Bill Would Make it Illegal to Smoke in Cars With Kids Inside
If you've got a baby on board you might want to start throwing your butts out. A Republican legislator from Jacksonville has filed a new bill that would make it illegal for anyone to smoke in their car or truck while a minor is also in the vehicle.
Rep. Charles McBurney filed the bill this week, but there's currently no senate companion. Florida has noticeably few state anti-smoking laws. Though, smoking is prohibited at enclosed work spaces unless the place is a private home or a bar or club.
Though, much like Florida's new anti-texting law, it would be a hard law to enforce. If passed the crime would be a non-moving violations and would be considered a "secondary action,' meaning that a police office could not pull a driver over simply for smoking with a kid in the car. The driver would have to commit another driving violation first, and only then could the officer tack on the extra charge.
That being said, we do suggest you get in the habit of waiting to light up until after you drop the kids off at soccer practice.
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