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Ohio Bill Proposes $500 Fine for Smoking in a Car With Kids

Ohio Bill Proposes $500 Fine for Smoking in a Car With Kids

By Brittany Greenquist, RYOT News
Gone are the days when you could freely expose your children to secondhand smoke, or at least that’s what Ohio-State Senator Charleta Tavares of Columbus is hoping for.
The Senator is proposing a ban that would prohibit people from smoking cigarettes in their car with a child in the back seat. FOX8 reports that Tavares wants Senate Bill 130 to be a primary offense — meaning officers can pull over anyone without any other reason and fine them $500 if the child is under 6 years old.
Senator Tavares told FOX8, “We have had some calls and emails of individuals who think we’re taking away their freedoms. I certainly believe in the freedom of all Americans. But when your freedom impacts the safety of infants and babies, you have no choice. That’s when your rights are limited.”

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"primary offense"

That means cops can riddle the car with bullets, right?

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

That won't fly in Ohio

There are other states that will go that way long before Ohio does. I was talking to a woman from California at an amusement park this summer. She was an amusement park hobbyist. She said she likes the Ohio parks (as opposed to more Western ones) because people don't freak out if she's smoking near their kids outdoors.

There are plenty of non-smokers in Ohio who do it for their health, but there isn't as much of that extra component of treating smokers like they're blasphemous for daring to smoke near a non-smoker that you see in other states.

Defend Liberty!

Ohio would be the Eigth State

This webpage shows the laws in the states.. I believe they are the machine behind the smokefree vehicle movement http://www.no-smoke.org/learnmore.php?id=616

bigmikedude's picture

I suppose this moronic law should apply to having your

young children present at barbeques, campfires at Boy Scouts, Nascar races, and monster truck events as well.

And homes with woodburners and fireplaces too.

Dumbasses.

Denise B's picture

So let me make sure I understand

this correctly...We can straddle our children with trillions of dollars of debt which they had no hand in creating, dismantle their rights, ship their future jobs oversees, pump them full of poisonous vaccines, poison their food supply and that's acceptable, BUT, breathing a little second hand smoke, well THAT is where we're drawing the line. That's just going a little bit too far and someone had better put a stop to that quick (and of course it's just a bonus that they can make money while they're at it)! Isn't it great that we have legislators who care so much about our children! What a joke.

You're so right.

And in illustrating just how much our elected officials care about the country's children and what they find "acceptable," I'll add: "provide children with a second-rate education taught by poorly trained teachers."

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

This guy must hate 7 year olds.

I wonder why he hates children and doesn't care about their safety. He sounds heart-less to me.

scawarren's picture

Already the "law" in AR but

Already the "law" in AR but the age is twelve.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

What can you say.

I guess when you hit the ripe old age of 6 then they don't "care" anymore. I wonder what that's all about?

Soon we'll have to apply to be able to bear children.

Soon we'll have to apply to be able to bear children.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

mdefarge

Bump!Thank you!