Downstate Lawmaker Wants to Ban Smoking in Cars--With Kids Inside
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As we mark ten years of the state's indoor clean air act, a downstate lawmaker wants to keep the air clean inside your own vehicle. That is, if children are in your car.
Assemblyman David Weprin has introduced a bill making it illegal to smoke in your car when anyone 14 or younger is in the vehicle with you. He says it's the issue of the dangers of secondhand smoke. "Certainly in a confined car, the secondhand smoke is worse, and when you're dealing with children under the age of 14, they're not in a position to speak up for themselves."
To those who think it's another example of New York being a nanny state, Weprin replies, "There have been a number of other laws to protect people in private laws, such as seatbelt use laws, no cell phone use while driving."
Violators face a fine of up to $100.
Among the bill's supporters is Dennis Gabryszak, listed as a multisponsor of the legislation.