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Bill by Sen. Scott White would ban smoking in cars with kids

Post by Katie Schmidt on Jan. 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
January 7, 2011 8:23 pm

A bill by Sen. Scott White, D-Seattle, would expand Washington smoking regulations into your car, at least while children are riding there.

According to the text of the bill, which White prefiled Dec. 17, smoking pipes, cigarettes or cigars in a car with a passenger under 18 years old could be grounds for a ticket if the legislature approves it during the upcoming session.

White’s bill, SB 5016, would make smoking in your car a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement officers would have to detain a driver for some other reason before giving out a ticket for smoking, and getting a ticket for smoking in a car would not go on your driving record.

This is not the first time such a bill has been considered in Olympia—in 2008 bills making smoking in cars with children a traffic infraction were considered by both the house and the senate, but never became law.

Other states, such as Arkansas and Louisiana have already passed similar laws.

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