Ohio Bill Proposes $500 Fine for Smoking in a Car With KidsSubmitted by GBAmerica on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 15:50
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.”