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Proposal to Ban Smoking in Cars Headed to Hearing

The bill would apply when children 6-years-old and younger are in the car.


Described as an effort to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke, a proposed bill seeks to ban smoking in cars with passengers 6-years-old and younger.

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Henry J. Genga (D-East Hartford), calls for a warning for the first violation and a ticket and fine for subsequent violations. "A violation would be considered a secondary infraction because the intent is to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke," according to a press release from House Democrats.

The proposal (HB 5380) will be the subject of a public hearing before the legislature’s Transportation Committee, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. It will be held in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

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Webster February 19, 2013 at 03:53 PM
What is really unfortunate is that CT has to consider passage of a law in order for kids not to have to breathe their parents second hand smoke in a car. Are parents here in CT really that utterly stupid that they need law enforcement to assure that kids aren't exposed to smoking in a car ? What were these so called "parents" that smoked in cars with children thinking ? The penalties are laughable. How about boosting the fine up to $500 1st time and $2500 for subsequent arrests with the local PD getting 50%. That would alleviate the problem. This potential penalties as it is now proposed is a joke. Proves the point that there are a lot of parents that should never have had kids...

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