Monday, May 01, 2006

Smoking and Driving in Arkansas--You're At Risk

Especially if you have a child under the age of 7 in the car:

Two years ago (see Apr. 30, 2004) the California Assembly narrowly defeated a bill that would have banned smoking in cars when kids were present, but now Arkansas has enacted such a bill, applying to cars in which younger (age 7 and below) children are present (Virginia Vickery, "Some in Siloam Springs worry about statewide smoking ban", Benton County Daily Record, Apr. 30). The bill provides for "primary enforcement" of the ban, meaning that police officers can pull over a car in which they observe the offense, rather than just write it up after pulling a car over for other reasons. (Jake Bleed and Michael R. Wickline, "Lighting up with young kids in vehicle banned under bill", Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Apr. 8).

Kinda makes you hope that Judy Robson can't read, eh?

HT: Overlawyered

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