So here’s an interesting question: Should drivers hauling around young children in their cars be allowed to smoke?
Even with all the stories and warnings about secondhand smoke, it’s a question I hadn’t pondered before. But state and local governments have apparently been wrestling with the question for the past few years.
Maryland Sen. Jennie Forehand, a Democrat from Montgomery County, who has worked to ban smoking in public places, tried last year to pass a law banning smoking in cars carrying children, but she failed, according to the Baltimore Sun. A legislator who opposes such a measure “likened it to legislating sunscreen requirements or restricting the foods that parents feed their children,” according to Patch.
Now Forehand is trying again.
She has authored a bill that would make it illegal for anyone — driver or passenger — to smoke in a car with children under 8 years old. You can read the bill here. Violating the law would not be a moving violation, and the penalty would be a fine of not more $50.
(If you are wondering about mobile homes, the proposed law addresses that: “THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO A MOBILE HOME WHEN THE MOBILE HOME IS BEING USED AS A PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY LIVING OR SLEEPING PLACE AND NOT A CONVEYANCE ON HIGHWAYS.”)
What do you think? Do you support Forehand’s proposed law?